Mike Kelley and Santiago Sierra premiere new shows at Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Rachael Cloughton
- 29 August 2018
Mobile Homestead and Black Flag explore ideas of cultural identity and statehood
Dundee Contemporary Arts are going big this autumn, with the Scottish premieres of two internationally renowned artists: Mike Kelley and Sierra Santiago. Kelley will be showing his Mobile Homestead film trilogy which explores the historic 'white flight' movement of people in 1960s Detroit.
In a facsimile of his childhood home attached to the back of a trailer, Kelley records a journey from the project's co-commissioner, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, to Kelley's original home in the suburbs of the city. Footage is interspersed with interviews that chronicle the lives of those living in the area today, creating a moving portrait of a city in flux. The work will undoubtedly resonate with citizens of Dundee, as their own city undergoes significant cultural regeneration.
Santiago Sierra's work documents a journey too; between the two most extreme points on the earth; the North and South poles. Here the artist plants the black flag (the universal symbol of the anarchist movement) into the ground. There is a subtle link to Dundee in the work here as well, given the city's own history of polar exploration, while asking much broader questions about the notions of statehood and how it is built and maintained.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 8 Sep–Sun 25 Nov