Sulaïman Majali, After David Roberts, Petra shewing the upper or east end of the valley, Jordan, March 8th 1839, plate 96 from Volume III of ‘The Holy Land’ (Screen Shot 2019-1210 at 13.26.52)
saracen go home
1 Feb 2020 — 29 Mar 2020
saracen go home is 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 draws on historical narratives around Collective’s site to explore diasporic states.
The exhibition will fill the Hillside with a new sound work and transform it into a set, where the audience is placed on stage amongst sculptural objects which address 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 brings 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.
Join us for the opening of the exhibition from 7—9pm on Friday 31 January, all welcome.
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.