Transparency: Alberta Whittle & Hardeep Pandhal

Date: 18 October - 5 January 2020

Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm

Guest-Curated by Mother Tongue
Gallery 1
Entrance Free
CLOSED 23 to 26 December 2019 & 30 December to 02 January 2020

Transparency is a two-person exhibition from Glasgow-based artists Alberta Whittle and Hardeep Pandhal commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers and guest curated by Mother Tongue. This exhibition spans print, artist moving image, drawing and installation, and responds to the architectural heritage of the Castle Mills site – as a former silk factory, premises of the North British Rubber Company, and a brewery – now occupied by Edinburgh Printmakers. 

The exhibition takes as its point of departure the physical layers of the printmaking process; the buildings’ history; and considers the local built environment as a present-day testimony to Scotland’s colonial past. The exhibition’s title invokes the multiple definitions and etymological roots of the word ‘transparency,’ simultaneously i) meaning ­­­to shine a light through, ii) make easily detectable, and iii) to be open to public scrutiny, whilst transparency film is used in many printmaking methods as a means to transfer the image. Working with these three meanings in hand, the exhibition reflects upon on our current political environment, language, trade, travel, contact zones, and calls into question Scotland’s amnesia towards its colonial past. At the same time, their explorations push-back against aspects of transparency: via defacement, through otherworldly and digital simulations, and in the use of appropriated imagery.

With commissioned texts from Aman Sandhu, Cass Ezeji and Danny Pagarani.

Details of accompanying events programme announced soon.

Photo credits: 
Alberta Whittle, What Sound Does The Black Atlantic Make?, Film Still, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Hardeep Pandhal, BAME of Thrones (Trailer), Silent Animation, 2019. Courtesy of Channel 4.