Dundee Contemporary Arts to host Alberta Whittle's biggest solo show to date
- Susan Mansfield
- 5 September 2019
How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth draws together new and recent artworks in film, sculpture, print, installation and performance
With the proposed date of Brexit falling right in the middle of Alberta Whittle's DCA show, it feels like an ideal opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the rest of the world from a unique perspective. Whittle, who was born in Barbados and has lived in Scotland since graduating from Glasgow School of Art's MFA programme in 2011, offers just that outlook.
Eoin Dara, DCA's head of exhibitions, says: 'Alberta starts from her own lived experience, her family and her connections to Barbados and Scotland, looking at the way history is written and which voices are being left out. It feels really timely to be connecting to that kind of practice which asks us to think about how we got to where we are right now, and how we can move towards a more inclusive, more equal future.'
Whittle's video works, including 'between a whisper and a cry', which won the Margaret Tait Award, and 'my grandfather, her father', based on a conversation with her Barbadian grandmother, will take centre stage in the show, supported by sculpture, installation and new prints made at DCA's print studio.
Dara says this – Whittle's biggest solo show to date and her first museum show in the UK – is long overdue. 'Alberta has been making incredible, really important work here in Scotland for quite a few years and her profile has been increasing internationally for a while. It's time we caught up to her.'
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 14 Sep–Sun 24 Nov.