The City With So Much to Say – Edinburgh Art Festival 2021

Sekai Machache
Glasgow artist Sekai Machache's 'The Divine Sky' is at Stills Photography centre 29th July - 18th September.

Edinburgh Art Festival

From: 29 Jul 2021

To: 29 Aug 2021

Edinburgh & the Lothians

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The 17th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival brings together over 35 exhibitions in over 20 spaces throughout the city, complemented by an online programme.

New commissions include the European premiere of Lessons of the Hour, a ten-screen film installation by the British artist Isaac Julien CBE RA on the life and times of the African-American writer, abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass, who spent two years in Edinburgh campaigning in the 1840s (in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland); Tak Tent O’ Time Ere Time Be Tint by Sean Lynch, an installation which casts a spotlight on Edinburgh’s public monuments and sculptures as legacies of history (with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop); and Song of the Union, a sound installation in Edinburgh’s Burns Monument by Emeka Ogboh which comments on the UK’s departure from the European Union with the voices of citizens from every EU nation state who currently reside in Scotland singing Auld Lang Syne in their mother tongue (with Talbot Rice Gallery).

Other highlights include Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland’s In Relation to Linum at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a multi-disciplinary project featuring watercolours, prints and sculptural pieces exploring the life cycle of flax; Scotland’s 2022 Venice Biennale representative Alberta Whittle’s RESET at Jupiter Artland, responding to the immediate context of the Black Lives Matter movement, the global pandemic and the climate emergency; and Marine at the City Art Centre, which focuses on the maritime theme in the work of the late Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay.

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