An exhibition and events programme exploring gender identity and migration Researchers affiliated with the University of Aberdeen, Scottish Art Blog and Performing the East are collaborating on an exhibition and concurrent events programme that aim to examine the impact of migration on individuals, specifically with regard to gender identity. This project will take place in March 2016 in Aberdeen to coincide with International Women’s Day. The project will be centred around an exhibition held at NeWave Gallery, Aberdeen. It will provide a platform on which to showcase artistic production from both local and migrant communities in Scotland, through the lens of gender and gender identity. The project is called Scot//East as it reflects our intention to welcome artists from European communities ‘East of Scotland’ to contribute. Scotland and Central and Eastern Europe have strong historic ties. Migration dates back centuries. In 2015, Scotland boasts large migrant communities of Poles, Russians and citizens of the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), yet the unique and individual cultures of these countries are less understood. We want to change this… We want to learn more… We invite artists of both regional backgrounds, whose work deals specifically with gender and sexual identity, to connect with us to learn more about our project. The treatment of these topics is not only highly relevant to current discussions of civil rights, but can also provide insight into the way that different communities negotiate such categories, based on individual local experiences and traditions. If you feel that your work lends itself to our exhibition, please email us to say hello:
We will add you to our mailing list which will keep you updated on progress and provide you with our official ‘artist’s call’.
-Amy Bryzgel, Fern Insh and Jasmina Zaloznik