Alberta Whittle, ‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ | Mareel, Shetland Arts

27 November 2022 at 14:30

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory, 2022 Installation shot photographer Cristiano Corte, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist, Scotland + Venice

LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice are delighted to host a screening of ​‘Lagareh – The Last Born’ at Mareel, Shetland Arts in Lerwick, the third event of a screening tour that brings the work to six venues across Scotland. This new work was commissioned by Scotland + Venice and Forma for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

‘Lagareh’ – which translates from the Mandinka language as ​‘The Last Born’ – is a work anchored around theories of abolition, rebellion, ancestral knowledge and love. Shot in Scotland, England, Barbados, Sierra Leone and Italy, the film melds a collection of scenes that give focus to the strength of contemporary Black womxn, whose individual acts of resistance are bound together through the artist’s conceptual storytelling. The artist situates Black love in proximity with historical sites of trauma, re-inscribed with rage, hope and exhaustion. Gestures, rituals and moments of intimacy are poignantly underpinned by a deep reflection on grief, loss and mourning, a resolute reminder of the trauma inflicted upon the Black body and of white privilege and power.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between guest speakers. Further details will be announced in the near future.

Content warning: this film and discussion will contain references to grief, racism, chattel slavery, and police brutality.

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Shetland Arts Development Agency, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WQ