A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers In Diaspora
Edgar Arceneaux | Yael Bartana | Richard Fung | Kiluanji Kia Henda | Bouchra Khalili | Maud Sulter | Milja Viita
A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora journeys through themes of storytelling and biography to examine how individuals relate to their diasporic status and its daily realities. Through the work of seven international artists - four showing in Scotland for the first time - stories and links are told and travelled from China to Tel Aviv, Togo to Helsinki. Each work differently reflects the history of diaspora as a concept, and the simultaneous utility and redundancy of it as a term describing a shared experience away from the homeland. The confrontation and resistance, dejection and upheaval, affirmation and attachments made visibly on show, urge us to (re)think and define ideas of belonging and citizenship in the present and for the future.
The accompanying publication - produced in collaboration with TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art Identity and Nation University of Arts London - will be released mid-show, including contributions from John Akomfrah, Sezgin Boynik, David Dibosa, Richard Fung, Lubaina Himid and Cinthya Lana and featuring the poetry of the Scottish-Ghanaian artist and poet Maud Sulter.
Curated by Mother Tongue [Tiffany Boyle & Jessica Carden]
A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora is kindly supported by Creative Scotland; FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; The Craignish Trust; The Tannahill Fund at the University of Glasgow; TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation; Middle Eastern Film Festival Edinburgh; French Institute London; Refugee Week Scotland and The Devil's Advocate Bar & Kitchen in collaboration with Hendricks Gin, Monkey Shoulder and Reyka Vodka.
Image Kiluanji Kia Henda, The Merchant of Venice . Courtesy of the Artist and Galleria Fonti.
 'A Thousand of Him, Scattered', Greg Egan, Diaspora, London: Millennium, 1998