A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers In Diaspora
Sparked by Edward Said’s outright rejection of the concept, A Thousand of Him, Scattered explores the history, definitions and simultaneous utility / redundancy of Diaspora as an umbrella term. Diaspora, originally a term for the Jewish, Greek and Armenian dispersion since the Bible’s translation into Greek in 607BCE, has continued to be applied to other dispersions – such as the African Diaspora – as recently as the 1950’s. Since this expansion, the concept has witnessed a number of academics attempt to redefine its characteristic features, the urgency to do so in direct correlation with the increasingly prominent experiences of transnationalism and de-territorialisation; not just of people, but also global capital, technology and media. Through the work of seven international artists, the exhibition will extend upon recent academic debates questioning the concept and consider the visual dimension of such questions, by imagining, hypothesising alternative ways by which to think about migrant and displaced groups.
Edgar Arceneaux | Yael Bartana | Richard Fung | Kiluanji Kia Henda | Bouchra Khalili | Maud Sulter | Milja Viita
A Thousand of Him, Scattered is the second exhibition in a trilogy addressing the experiences and increasing phenomena of migration as a critical element of societal transition and has been curated for Stills by Mother Tongue (Tiffany Boyle & Jessica Carden).
A Thousand of Him, Scattered is generously supported by Creative Scotland; FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; The Craignish Trust; The Tannahill Fund at the University of Glasgow.
Image Kiluanji Kia Henda, The Merchant of Venice . Courtesy of the Artist and Galleria Fonti.