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Scotland + Venice Screening Tour - Alberta Whittle's 'Lagareh - The Last Born' (N/C 12+)

20 September

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  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


LUX Scotland and Scotland + Venice are delighted to host the UK premiere of Lagareh - The Last Born at GFT, the first event of a screening tour that brings the work to six venues across Scotland between 20 September 2022 and 1 March 2023. This new work was commissioned by Scotland + Venice and Forma for the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

This a free but ticketed event - a maximum of four tickets per person can be booked in advance.

‘Lagareh’ – which translates from the Mandinka language as ‘The Last Born’ – is a work anchored around theories of abolition, rebellion, ancestral knowledge and love. Shot in Scotland, England, Barbados, Sierra Leone and Italy, the film melds a collection of scenes that give focus to the strength of contemporary Black womxn, whose individual acts of resistance are bound together through the artist’s conceptual storytelling. The artist situates Black love in proximity with historical sites of trauma, re-inscribed with rage, hope and exhaustion. Gestures, rituals and moments of intimacy are poignantly underpinned by a deep reflection on grief, loss and mourning, a resolute reminder of the trauma inflicted upon the Black body and of white privilege and power.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist, Alberta Whittle, and Dr Peggy Brunache, lecturer in the history of Atlantic slavery at the University of Glasgow. The concept of ‘memory’ - which may be regarded as personal, collective or cultural - will provide an interpretive frame for this discussion, to weave connections between the artist’s practice, anti-racist and pro-Black advocacy, and Scotland’s historic connections to the Transatlantic slave trade.

Content warning: this film and discussion will contain references to racism, chattel slavery and police brutality.

Screening Schedule:

18.00 - Introduction (10m)
18.10 - ‘Lagareh - The Last Born’ (40m)
18.50 - Interval (15m)
19.05/10 - Discussion
20.00 - ENDS

About the Speakers

Dr Peggy Brunache is a lecturer in the history of Atlantic slavery at the University of Glasgow and the first Director of the newly established Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies. Born in Miami to Haitian parents, she trained and worked as an historical archaeologist with a focus on slave plantation studies, the African diaspora and the transatlantic slave trade, working on archaeological projects in Benin, West Africa, Guadeloupe, and various sites in the United States and Caribbean. She developed a free ongoing 4-week online course on British Slavery in the Caribbean with Food is also central to Peggy's life and work. She acts as culinary consultant for Perth’s (Scotland) Southern Fried Music Festival and has worked with multiple music, science, and food festivals across the UK, providing cooking demonstrations and historical dining events for a broad audience. Her media appearances in the US, UK and Europe include the US’s Food Network, Discovery Channel, BBC Television, UK’s Channel Four, Germany's Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s programmes.

Alberta Whittle (she/her) b. 1980 Bridgetown, Barbados. She lives and works in Glasgow. Alberta has been based in Scotland since moving here to study firstly at Edinburgh College of Art and later on the Master of Fine Arts programme at The Glasgow School of Art. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg. Alberta was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. She was the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/19. Her work has been acquired by major public collections including the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums Collections and the Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art, as well as by other private collections.

Image credits: Alberta Whittle, Lagareh – The Last Born, (film still – single channel video), 2022, Photographer Matthew Arthur Williams, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist, Scotland + Venice, and Forma.

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  • Director Alberta Whittle
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2022
  • Running Time 2h
  • Certificate N/C 12+
  • Content Warning References to racism, chattel slavery and police brutality.
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