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Machine Windrush Zeitgeist Surprise

Following on from yesterday’s hangover-addled post, it seems considering the, er, geocultural point halfway along the route taken by the Empire Windrush from Jamaica to the UK is currently en vogue:

Graham Fagen’s exhibition Clean Hands Pure Heart opens at Tramway on Feb 11th.

This is a major commission for Tramway’s Visual Art Programme and will be accompanied by a new publication documenting the exhibition. In this new work for Tramway, Graham Fagen has continued to explore one of his main areas of interest - the cultural manifestation of a national or personal identity.

Working with acclaimed music producer Adrian Sherwood, Graham has used his background growing up in Ayrshire, and his own identification with the rhythms and words in reggae music, to create a new song, bringing two Burns songs together, put to reggae music. A screen of the making/ performance of the song, is “watched” in the gallery space, by four emblematic bronze plants and flowers, themselves laden with cultural meaning.

The accompanying catalogue has an includes an essay by Dr Francis McKee and a poem Shuggar Heid by author James Robertson, whose latest novel Joseph Knight, about the last black slave in Scotland, explores Scotland’s relationship with Jamaica and the Empire.

(In the past, Graham has even broadcasted radio from a boat ‘somewhere between Jamaica and Scotland.’)

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