saracen go home was a new exhibition from Glasgow-based artist Sulaïman Majali, developed as part of our Satellites Programme. Taking its title from racist graffiti sprayed on a mosque in Cumbernauld in 2016, the installation drew on historical narratives around Collective’s site to explore diasporic states.
The exhibition filled the Hillside with a new sound work and transformed it into a set, where the audience was placed on stage amongst sculptural objects which addressed their own bodies alongside the absent body of the diasporic subject.
The diasporic position offers a way of seeing connections and stories that have been obscured in conventional histories of nations and nation-states. Using the idea of ‘folding and creasing’ source material, Sulaïman brought together a series of historical events relating to the City Observatory through sculpture and sound, uniting field recordings, radio and broadcast materials, digital sounds and voice.
Read more about saracen go home in the information which accompanied the exhibition here
Sulaïman Majali is an artist and writer. In 2020 Sulaïman is participating in both Satellites Programme and the Talbot Rice Gallery Residents programme, will participate in Glasgow International and has been short-listed for the Margaret Tait award. Group exhibitions and events include: something vague and irrational, with Ray Camara, Celine Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2019); assembly of the poets, a reading as part of EARTH HOLD, Qalandiya International Biennial (2018); Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017); 8th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt (2017); this scattering of minds; like seeds, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna/Transmission Gallery; as if we were strangers; that strangeness was ours, CCA Glasgow; Dark Speculative Futurity and the Rise of Neo-Nationalism (The Search for New Dimensions), Tohu Magazine conference, Jaffa, Palestine (2017).
saracen go home is part of Satellites Programme, Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland.