press release

FESTIVAL: 20th APRIL - 7th MAY 2018
PREVIEW: 19th APRIL 2018

Katinka Bock, Ross Birrell, Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Graham Eatough & Stephen Sutcliffe, Cécile B Evans, Esther Ferrer, Duggie Fields, Urs Fischer, Lauren Gault & Sarah Rose, Michelle Hannah, Lubaina Himid, iQhiya Collective, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Kapwani Kiwanga, Torsten Lauschmann, Mark Leckey, Linder, Rose Marcus, Nadia Myre, Rosie O’Grady, Aniara Omann, Ulrike Ottinger, Hardeep Pandhal, Nicolas Party, Toby Paterson, Mai-Thu Perret, Mick Peter, Ciara Phillips, John Russell, Augustus Serapinas, Tai Shani, Corin Sworn and Gary Zhexi-Zhang

Glasgow International is pleased to announce full details of the 2018 programme. Now in its eighth edition, Glasgow International is the largest festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland.

The 2018 Director’s Programme begins with the group exhibition entitled Cellular World in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) including work by Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret and John Russell. The exhibition, curated by new Director Richard Parry, explores ideas of the avatar, the cyborg and science fiction, raising questions of individual and collective consciousness at a time of prolific social change and uncertainty.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will see a new commission by Lubaina Himid MBE, winner of the Turner Prize 2017. Himid, who has a long association with Glasgow, will create a giant wagon suspended in mid-air, adorned with mythical creatures taken from motifs in the architecture of the building.

Mark Leckey undertakes a new commission at Tramway, taking inspiration from a small statuette of the biblical figure of Job held in the Wellcome Collection in London. In the galleries, Leckey will scale up the statue and convert the figure into a 7.1 surround sound audio system.

Tai Shani presents a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. 12 characters depict an allegorical city of women, imagining an alternative history which privileges sensation, experience and interiority, proposing a post-patriarchal future.

The continent of Europe is moving towards Africa at the rate approximately 2cm per year—eventually it will slide underneath entirely. Paris-based Kapwani Kiwanga takes this as the starting point for a multi-faceted installation suggesting speculative fictions that stretch through a perspective of deep geological time.

Glasgow-based Graham Eatough and Steven Sutcliffe show an installation and two films based on Anthony Burgess’s series of Mr Enderby novels, exploring the figure of the artist and ideas of authenticity and posterity.

Mick Peter creates a 76m long "billboard" covering the empty façade of a building in the East End of the city. Involving young people from the West of Scotland, the new hoarding depicts, in drawings reminiscent of a newspaper strip cartoon, buildings from different eras in varying states of (dis)repair.

Hardeep Pandhal undertakes a new installation in Kelvin Hall drawing upon his background as a British Sikh raised in Birmingham, reflecting on the psychological and material effects of assimilation in broader society. E. Jane will also present an off-site iteration of the work Lavendra in the same building.

The wider programme, involving artists, curators and organisations across the city includes key new commissions and exhibitions by Ross Birrell at CCA, Katinka Bock at The Common Guild, Duggie Fields, Urs Fischer and Nicolas Party at The Modern Institute, Torsten Lauschmann at Glasgow School of Art, Linder at Glasgow Women’s Library, Rose Marcus at Mary Mary, Ciara Phillips at Glasgow Print Studios, Ulrike Ottinger at the Hunterian and Corin Sworn at Koppe Astner.

The artist-led sector will be represented by bold, political and challenging projects examining identity, race, politics, fatherhood, queer feminist photography and our current "international" position. These projects include Transmission Gallery’s project with iQhiya, a collective of South African "womxn" artists, who will respond to the gendered and racialised expectations—and erasure—of "womxn" artists of colour in Scotland.