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Harvey Dimond and Jack McElroy

January 24th - 26th, 11am - 4pm
Opening Night: January 24th, Wednesday, 6pm - 9pm

Statu(r)esque is a collaborative exhibition exploring histories relating to Glasgow’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade and the relics that exist in the city to this day.

The stimulus for this body of work was the lack of recognition of slavery’s impact on Glasgow’s built environment; in particular, the prevalence in the city of public statues of figures involved in the slave trade, and the psychological impact on the city’s current diaspora communities. These discussions, which are happening in too few circles within Glasgow, are part of a broader trend of dismantling colonialism that has seen the removal of statues of Confederate leaders in the U.S and the Rhodes Must Fall campaign in South Africa.

Harvey Dimond uses photography, textiles and sculpture to discuss narratives and scenarios around existing as a queer person of colour in white, heteronormative spaces. These narratives particularly refer to the exclusion of people of colour from cultural institutions and their historical and continued marginalisation within the queer community. A key part of their practice is also researching the history of diaspora communities in Scotland and promoting the de-colonisation of art education.

Jack McElroy was born in Glasgow and makes work responding to the unknown and hidden history of Glasgow, and Scotland’s, involvement in the transatlantic slave trade by directing attention to overlooked artefacts such as the architecture and symbolisms within the city that have a direct link to slavery. Considering how Scots have benefitted from this history by making environmental works, through Interventions in public space to contextualise the work and approach to a wider audience out with the gallery. Spaces are created to accommodate a conversation of this history in the hope that people will exchange information and learn from each other.