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Another Country at the City Arts Centre

Date:

12/01/2018


Another Country at the City Arts Centre

Another Country examines contemporary immigration to Scotland, exploring themes of integration, nationality and identity. It brings together eleven leading artists from distinct ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds, all born or currently living in Scotland. All sides of the debate are being considered but central to the exhibition are New Scots themselves.

Artists include: Graham Fagen, Owen Logan, Andrew Gilbert, Toby Paterson and Julie Roberts.

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Following in Italian Footsteps, photographs by Owen Logan, in Another Country

In 1926, Owen Logan’s mother was the first Italian born in what was then Italian Somalia. In Rome, at seventeen, she married a soldier of the British Eighth Army. After the Second World War they settled in Edinburgh where they raised their family. The pictures on display at the City Arts Centre by their son born in 1963, come from his 1994 book on Italian emigration, Bloodlines: vite allo specchio (lives in the mirror).

With a forward by the Moroccan born author Tahar Ben Jelloun, Logan set out to correct what he regards as the sanitised history of Italian emigration, a version that brushes over Italian experiences of prejudice, discrimination and political scapegoating in Britain. By the mid 1990s, with Italy and Britain both members of the European Union, it was possible to forget the socio-economic rivalries and phobia of Italians in the 19th century, or the tragic path to fascism and war in the 20th century, and to simply say “we’re all Europeans now.”  In the time of Brexit, Bloodlines continues to remind us that no matter how industrious, socially integrated, or politically friendly, immigrants are always at risk of persecution.

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Owen Logan is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He is co-editor of Contested Powers: Energy and Development in Latin America (2015 Zed Books); Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-economics of Oil and Gas (2012 Pluto Press). Between 2010 and 2014 he co-edited the Glasgow based Variant magazine devoted to cross-currents in culture. He also co-curated The Kings Peace: Realism and War (Stills, Edinburgh 2014). As a photographer his publications include Masquerade, Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria, with Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, (Altered Images/Stills 2014); Bloodlines - vite allo specchio, foreword by Tahar Ben Jelloun, (Cornerhouse 1994); Al Maghrib, with stories by Paul Bowles, (Polygon 1989). His projects have toured internationally and his pictures are in several public collections including the Scottish Parliament.

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Another Country has been organised by the City Arts Centre in partnership with independent curators Euan Gray and Alberta Whittle.

 

Information

Date: Da Saturday, December 01, 2018 a Sunday, March 17, 2019

Organized by : The City Arts Centre

In collaboration with : Italian Institute of Culture

Entrance : Free


Location:

City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh

1196