Robin Gillanders retrospective marks Stills' 40th anniversary
- Susan Mansfield
- 11 October 2017
Exhibition of pioneering Scottish photographer acknowledges his 'vital contribution' to the medium in Scotland
Robin Gillanders, one of the foremost photographic artists working in Scotland, will be the subject of a major exhibition this autumn at Stills in Edinburgh. Beginning with portraits of Scottish writers, artists and public figures made in the 1980s, the show will celebrate three decades of work, finishing with a new hot-off-the-press series of portraits of women in the arts today.
The exhibition will include work Gillanders made in collaboration with Ian Hamilton Finlay in the 1990s and early 2000s, and will exhibit for the first time a series of photographs taken in Hamilton Finlay's cottage, Stonypath, in 2009, three years after his death. Other bodies of work represented in the show include 'Ten Men', a series of portraits made for Street Level Photoworks in 2012 to mark Gillanders' 60th birthday, and 'A Lover's Complaint', a series of still lives made in response to philosopher Roland Barthes.
Gillanders, who taught photography at Napier University from 1988–2012 said: 'I've exhibited nationally and internationally and published four or five books, but this is the biggest and most comprehensive show I've ever done. To see representation from various projects in one place is very exciting.'
Ben Harman, director of Stills, said: 'The exhibition is deliberately timed to coincide with Stills' 40th anniversary year in acknowledgement of the vital contribution Gillanders has made to the teaching and practice of photography in Scotland.'
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Oct–Sun 14 Jan.