Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art unveils plans for 2008

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Gi festival returns to Glasgow with local and international artists creating work on the theme public/private.

The private home of Scottish artist Douglas Gordon will be open to the public as part of this year’s Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art (Gi), which takes place in April. The award-winning artist will give his residence over to Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed as part of the festival’s ‘public/private’ theme.

The festival will showcase a range of special commissions and new work by established Glasgow-based artists, as well as responses to the city of Glasgow by artists from across the world.

Curator Francis McKee said of this year’s theme: ‘The Gi Festival brings together all the key organisations across the spectrum of Glasgow’s vibrant art scene, presenting a unique event rooted in the achievements of the local artistic community, while drawing on the international networks linked to Glasgow.’

McKee added that the theme was entirely open to interpretation from the artists: ‘New areas are being developed and the architecture [of the city] leaves many open spaces, but they are seldom genuinely inviting as a public space. At the same time, the city’s population is redefining the city in its own way, with different ‘publics’ finding alternative space to flourish.

‘As in any modern city it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate the definitions of public and private.’

This year’s festival welcomes a notable increase in the number of commissions. Highlights from the home-front include Glasgow artists such as Alasdair Gray, Turner prize-nominee Jim Lambie (showcasing his largest exhibition in Scotland to date), Jonathan Monk and Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling.

International talent on show includes Adel Abdessemed, Rodney Graham, Wilhelm Sasnal, Catherine Yass and New York artist Kalup Linzy, who will present his subversive take on pop culture.

Gi organisers also promised a prominent place in the spotlight for the new generation of up and coming artists living and working in the city, as well as talks, gigs and events.

This year’s Gi runs Fri 11–Sun 27 Apr.

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