- not by the book -
exhibition + archive
This small art exhibition will preview some new, recent and archival work from a variety of supporters, participants and friends of the RiB. Though an aesthetic mix what links all these artists is that they are socially aware of their surroundings and highly motivated ‘politically’. They have visually different styles and ways of outputting these concerns which makes for a rich, dynamic and exciting tapestry of commentary.
A collection of documentation from this collaborative project with Leigh French that occurred in Intermedia in 2007 when the gallery was transformed into a free cafe and space for exchange. The intention (and successful outcome) was for Broth Mix to become a busy meeting space, a framework for discussion, a catalyst for dialogue, blurring the distinctions between growers, artists, film makers and audience.
Your work is based on documentary observation. How do you find your subjects?
" They find me. I never go looking for material, I don’t need to, things always happen that are worth recording, that sets something off. I don’t sit in the house thinking I need to do a drawing, I’ll go down to the pub and hope somebody mental will talk to me. Stuff just happens anyway. I just go about doing what I would be doing where I would be doing it and I make artwork out of that. I don’t need to seek it out. Although you do get artists who do that sort of thing, but it’s not my cup of tea. Like you also mentioned about how do I go about making the drawings, do I make them at the time in the places and situations. I don’t, they’re always done later on in the house or studio. Maybe days, months or years if something old comes back to me, from when the actual incident depicted occured. Whipping out a notebook or a sketchbook in the pub or wherever, anywhere, is going to instantly separate you, distance you from the environment you’re in. What I want to do is
make work from the viewpoint of my environment, my class, about my own culture. How can you do that if you’re whipping out a notebook like some fucking voyeur poverty tourist?"
(From interview with Brian Beadie, kiltr.com)
A selection of satirical cartoons and comics covering a range of topics from Trident renewal to the housing crisis in the UK. The majority of the images have been made between 2014 and 2016 and have been published in books and magazines like International Times (UK), Komikaze (Croatia) and If We All Spat At Once They'd Drown (Australia). Some of the images have also been used within protest contexts.
Jim Dick graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2004, he is currently using collage and oil painting to make religious portraits of the spiritual icons of the British ideological pantomime.
Jan Nimmo's portraits are a response to the events of 26th September 2014 when students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Teacher Training School in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, were attacked by the police. 6 people, 3 of them students, were murdered and 43 students were forcibly disappeared. The school in Ayotzinapa is one of the Normalista schools, training young people from the poorest parts of Mexico to become community educators. As such they represent one of the few uncorrupted institutions of the Mexican Revolution. The 49 portraits are rigorously biographical and took a full year to produce, each bringing the artist into contact with families who have lost a son, brother or father, and with some of the people who are campaigning to put faces to the tragedy of Mexico's disappeared - more than 28,000 missing persons since 2007.
The portraits were digitally produced so that they could be reproduced for demonstrations, meetings and other gatherings in solidarity with the disappeared. Thanks to human rights activist, Eréndira Sandoval Carrillo, each portrait is now in the hands of the parents of the students - literally, since the portraits now regularly accompany them on protests and in their pursuit of justice at meetings with public officials. For the first anniversary of the disappearance of the students large banners containing all of the portraits were printed up and displayed in Zocalo, the main square in Mexico City and outside the Interior Ministry. Fellow campaigner Lola Martinez now describes the portraits as part of the collective popular memory of Mexico and social commentator Gerardo Moncada has spoken of the tenderness they emit.
(the work shown is linked to event on thurs 13th oct)
Twitter - @NimmoJan
Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/jannimmo
This new work (part of a larger artwork in progress) has been developed in response to our post ‘Brexit’, trumped up, toxic situation where amongst other things, asylum seekers, migrant workers, ‘foreigners’ and anyone else who doesn’t fit into a media manipulated governmental nationalistic photofit identity are continually looked upon and treated by one part of society as criminals, misfits, benefit scroungers, social deviants and terrorists - however the rest of us simply see these 'outsiders' as part of our fellow human race struggling to survive with a bit of dignity in this fucked up world. The piece shown in Intermedia is one half of this artwork... the other part can been seen in the Autonomous Centre Edinburgh (ACE) between October and December as part of an exhibition entitled ‘small revolutions’.
Throughout this celebration there will be a selection of archive materials displayed from previous RiB events - these along with many other items will form part of a new collection in the Spirit of Revolt Archive at the Mitchell Library from 2017.