Edinburgh’s Summerhall Arts Centre is set to mount four visual art exhibitions, complementing its enormous offer of performance and music during the city’s Festival.
Curated by Sana Bilgrami, and featuring artists Farrukh Addnan and Michele Marcoux (whose work is pictured), Ecologies of Displacement reaches across ‘vast and vivid boundaries’ in a collaboration to address urgent and evocative themes of exile and displacement.
Nothing’s Guaranteed: Exhibition of Bosno-Futurism is curated by Jon Blackwood, eader and research lead at Gray’s School of Art: billed as ‘presenting a parallel exploration of the intersection between imagination and technology’, the exhibition explores the rich aesthetic of Afrofuturism through the work of six contemporary mixed-media artists, with a Balkan heritage.
No Callback by Diana Zwibach explores themes of personal loss and mental trauma stemming from the constraints of the pandemic, in ‘a ceremonial dismantling of the past resulting in a new visual recitation’, starting with the destruction of her previous work, and finishing with new works formed from the dismembered pieces.
Having opened in January this year, East Linton-based artist Iain Patterson’s exhibition Balance continues. Patterson’s method of drawing and painting emphasises improvisation around a theme, with limited and simple technical constraints, primarily influenced by the natural world and improvised music. He is a fixture of the Scottish art scene for over 30 years, having studied and taught at Edinburgh College of Art.
Admission to all exhibitions is free, and forms part of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival.
Artmag contributor Eilidh Tuckett adds: ‘The press preview of Summerhall’s Festival Exhibition on Friday 29th July kick-started the launch of their 11th Festival Programme. Four new commissions from Edinburgh-based artists became permanent fixtures in the refreshed courtyard, alongside 11 temporary exhibitions which will be available to view between 30th July and 29th September 2022.
The opening night packed a serious punch, drawing in crowds for a convivial evening of art and drinks, generously provided by Pickering’s Gin and Barney’s Beer.
Local and international works co-exist within the gallery walls: there are pieces from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, the USA, Pakistan and, indeed, Scotland. Expect themes of displacement, personal loss, technology and more.’