The University of Edinburgh,
Commissioned for the 2017 Venice Biennale, Rachel Maclean’s ‘Spite Your Face’ has its UK premiere at the Talbot Rice Gallery. Referencing the Italian folk-tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, ‘Spite Your Face’ is set across two worlds – a glittering, materialistic and celebrity-
obsessed upper world and a dark, dank and impoverished lower world – with the lure of wealth and adoration enticing a destitute, young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above.
Originally staged in Venice’s deconsecrated Chiesa di Santa Caterina, ‘Spite Your Face’
is shown as a perpetual, 37-minute loop with no de nitive beginning or end. It is reframed for Talbot Rice’s Georgian Gallery, its grand interior, reminiscent of the opulent upper world depicted in the work, augmented with luxurious trappings. Viewers are invited to sit, lie and re ect in the light of the monolithic portrait-format screen.
Maclean’s works are part children’s TV programme, part animation, part fantasy, in which she plays all the characters. View a trailer of the work at www.rachelmaclean.com/spite-your-face.