10 highlights from Glasgow International 2018
- David Pollock
- 29 March 2018
Glasgow International returns with its most thought-provoking programme of contemporary art yet
As the bi-annual Glasgow International art extravaganza prepares to unleash its wares, David Pollock looks at ten highlights of the 2018 iteration, including a pair of Turner Prize winners, a literary tribute, and a horse ride across the Americas.
Lubaina Himid: Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down
The winner of the 2017 Turner Prize will present a major new sculptural work in the main hall of the Kelvingrove, with a suspended train character hurtling through space, adorned with mythical creatures which are responses to the architecture of the building around them.
Breaking in, Breaking out..., Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May
The iQhiya collective is a group of black female artists from Cape Town whose practice revolves around conversations on feminism, colonialism and politics. Their site-specific work in Glasgow is a response to the historical and contemporary erasure of female artists in Scotland.
iQhiya, Transmission Gallery, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May
Torsten Lauschmann: War of the Corners
Glasgow-based Lauschmann has created a newly-commissioned audiovisual and sculptural work exploring issues around nationalism, as told through an argument in 18th-century Paris about populist Italian opera sweeping aside its highbrow French kin.
War of the Corners, Glasgow School of Art, Tue 17 Apr–Mon 7 May
Ross Birrell: The Transit of Hermes
Paisley-born Birrell brings together a number of film projects originally commissioned for Documenta 14, including pieces which reflect upon famous horse rides like Tschiffely's Ride, an equestrian journey from Buenos Aires to New York which took place between 1925 and 1928.
The Transit of Hermes, CCA, Fri 20 Apr–Sun 3 Jun
Linder: Linder's Flag and Film
Coming to prominence during the punk and post-punk scene of the late 1970s designing record covers for the Buzzcocks and Magazine, Linder works in photomontage and performance built around confrontational takes on sexuality, feminism and capitalism. Here, she's designed a flag for Glasgow Women's Library and made a film at the Mary Queen of Scots Bower in Chatsworth, where Mary was incarcerated.
Linder's Flag and Film, Glasgow Women's Library, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May
XSexcentenary: Not Dead Yet
Presented by GI and the Scottish Poetry Library, Not Dead Yet is a collaboration between Kate Clayton, Wanda Zyborska, Katherine Araniello and Norma D Hunter (aka XSexcentenary) which involves a 'One Stop Memorial Shop' on Duke Street for women who have died, and a series of Sunday Necropolis performances.
Not Dead Yet, Ladywell Business Centre, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May
Ulrike Ottinger: Still Moving
Exploring Eastern Europe and China, as well as her home city of Berlin, filmmaker and photographer Ulrike Ottinger works in a quasi-documentary fashion which concerns itself with exploring different cultures and ethnographies. This show will offer a retrospective of her key works.
Still Moving, Hunterian Art Gallery, Fri 20 Apr–Sun 29 Jul
Graham Eatough and Stephen Sutcliffe: No End to Enderby
Glasgow artist Sutcliffe and theatre director Eatough have collaborated on a pair of films which explore the character of Mr Enderby, the supposed alter-ego of Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess, who wrote four Enderby novels between 1963 and 1984.
No End to Enderby, Film City, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May
2008 Turner Prize winner and 'artist of the YouTube generation' (The Guardian), Leckey has been commissioned by GI to create a sculpture which takes the form - apparently - of a small figurine of the biblical Job built up to gigantic proportions and turned into 'a 7.1 surround sound audio system'.
Mark Leckey, Tramway, Fri 20 Apr–Sun 1 Jul
Kapwani Kiwanga: Soft Measures
Born in Canada and based in Paris, Kiwanga will present a range of sculptural works which take as their starting point the geological fact that Europe is sliding closer to Africa at 2cm per year and will eventually move beneath the southern continent.
Soft Measures, Tramway, Fri 20 Apr–Sun 17 Jun