Tonya McMullan, 'The lure of tomorrow's harvests' (pollen images) digital print. Image made by The Roslin Institute Bioimaging Facility. Courtesy of the artist and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
Tonya McMullan, 'The lure of tomorrow's harvests' (pollen images) digital print. Image made by The Roslin Institute Bioimaging Facility. Courtesy of the artist and Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh

Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh Waking Us to the Worldwide Normal

Title:
The Normal

Dates:
18 May 2021 – 29 Aug 2021
Venue:
Talbot Rice Gallery
Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH8 9YL

The University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery is presenting ‘a vivid reflection of life during the pandemic’ in The Normal – an exhibition curated in real time, of artworks expressing the panoply of human emotions prompted by the recent global Covid crisis, looking at where our lived experience finds itself within the wider ‘global artistic dialogue’. Contributing artists include Larry Achiampong, Amy Balkin, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Boyle Family, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp, Gabrielle Goliath, Femke Herregraven, Jarsdell Solutions Ltd, Kahlil Joseph, Tonya McMullan, Sarah Rose, and James Webb.

Ideas explored by the artists include the pause in the worldwide train of progress, resurgent communities, the closing proximity between humankind and wildlife, and the asymmetrical effects wrought by the pandemic on people due to socio-economic and racial inequalities. The organisers see the exhibition as a reexamination of how we can prioritise the health of the planet and the future well-being of its inhabitants, following what they describe as ‘the loud wake-up call’.

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