Alberta Whittle: RESET 31/07/2021 - 31/10/2021
Jupiter Artland is delighted announce the details of our upcoming exhibition of the work of Turner-Prize co-winning artist Alberta Whittle.
Alberta Whittle, who will represent Scotland at next year’s Venice Biennale, produced RESET at the height of lockdown, filming across Scotland (at Jupiter Artland and her home-town Glasgow), South Africa and Barbados and responding to the immediate context of the Black Lives Matter movement, the global pandemic and climate emergency. The film skilfully connects emergent fears of contagion, moral panic and xenophobia with a call to action – a demand – to face and heal injustices and cultivate hope in hostile environments. RESET was co-commissioned and co-produced by Frieze and Forma.
Whittle weaves RESET together through contributions by writers, performers, fellow artists and musicians: Sekai Machache, Mele Broomes, Matthew Arthur Williams, Christian Noelle Charles, Ama Josephine Budge, Yves B Golden, Anushka Naanyakkara, Sabrina Henry, Richy Carey and Basharat Khan, who she refers to as her accomplices.
Whittle’s RESET will be accompanied by a group exhibition in which each of these artists will present their own artistic practices across Jupiter Artland’s outdoor and indoor gallery spaces. This exhibition will showcase a new generation of Scottish artists creating socially active artwork in the wake of the pandemic and culminate in a performance by Whittle and her collaborators later in the summer.
Both exhibitions will be a part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2021. RESET was co-commissioned and co-produced by Frieze and Forma.
RESET is part of Healing the Hostile Environment, a year-long artist-residency facilitated by Jupiter Artland connecting artists from Scotland and the Caribbean. Linking up artistic ecologies across both regions, the residency creates space for peer-to-peer collaborations and is led by artist, writer and cultural activist Annalee Davis (based in Barbados) and Sad-Grads founder Jody Mulvey (based in Shotts, North Lanarkshire).
Mele Broomes is an artist and director. Her work embodies stories from the collective voice, creating visceral and sensory collaborations through her ancestral heritage. Activating social questions, remembering and celebrating.
Ama Josephine Budge
Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose interdisciplinary practice navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and Blackness.
Richy Carey is a composer who lives in the Isle of Skye. He works collaboratively with artists and communities to create soundtracks and soundscapes – making communal sounds that explore ecologies of authorship, agency and empathy through listening and sounding together.
Christian Noelle Charles
Christian Noelle Charles is a Black contemplative visual practitioner based Glasgow, Scotland. A Syracuse, New Yorker, Christian’s work is an exploration of female representation, dramatic feminie presentation and self-love in a contemporary world.
Yves B Golden
Yves B Golden is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, organizer, DJ and co-founder of the Herbal Mutual Aid Network. She is inspired by the sacred bond that exists between memory and physical objects.
Basharat Khan is a Scottish based Film-maker and Visual Artist whose work incorporates documentaries, films, installations and photographic exhibitions. With a strong track record of engaging communities in the creative process, Bash’s practice is invested in representing diverse communities in the arts, aiming to present alternative narratives of people and place and using story to represent another perspective.
Sekai Machache is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing.
Mathew Arthur Williams
Matthew Arthur Williams is a visual & sound artist, freelance photographer and DJ, living and working in Glasgow. Matthew’s work takes on multiple disciplines to encourage different narratives and is primarily interested in the documentation of black existence and resistance.