Sulaïman Majali (b. 1492) is an artist-poet who brings into play rupturing, grieving and dreaming as methodologies of collapse. Considering art as an already thinking and speaking thing, the artists agitate/incite/perform towards poetic and conceptual strategies for evading empire. At issue in the play is the liberatory or otherwise. Exhibitions and events include: false dawn, Studio Pavillion, House for an Art Lover for Glasgow International 2021. assembly of the dispersed, for The Internet of Things, Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan/worldwide (2020). strange winds, a sound commission for The Common Guild’s In The Open (2020). a dream for scheherazade, EVERYTHING HAPPENED SO MUCH, 66th International Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (2020). WHAT’S AHEAD, WHAT’S KNOWN, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2020). saracen go home, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2019). something vague and irrational, Celine Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2019). assembly of the poets, a reading as part of EARTH HOLD, Qalandiya International Biennial, Serpentine Galleries, London, England (2018). Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre (2017). Towards an archive, 8th Cairo Video Festival (2017).
Talbot Rice Residents is a 2-year funded programme for emerging artists based anywhere in Scotland. The programme offers artists a studio base and workshop access at Edinburgh College of Art, access to the research and collections of the University of Edinburgh, and a series of Masterclasses, writing commissions and studio visits with invited guests. The original plan to end the first iteration of the programme with a collective trip to Cove Park was halted due to the pandemic, we are very pleased however to be able to adapt the plans and offer the 5 artists an individual residential retreat this year.
Image: Sulaïman Majali, False dawn, Studio Pavilion, supported by Glasgow International, courtesy of the artist