A programme curated by Helen Nisbet
31 August – 2 September 2018
9 September 2018
Rhona Warwick Paterson
Inspired by Orcadian artist Margaret Tait’s 1964 film Where I Am Is Here, curator Helen Nisbet invites three artists to show work at Hollybush Gardens over the first three weekends in September. Each work mirrors the intimacy, close attention to the every day and personal observation of Tait’s work.
WEEK 1: MARIAM GHANI
31 August – 2 September
Screenings take place continuously.
A Q + A between Mariam Ghani and Helen Nisbet is available.
Where I am is Here, 1964, a film by Margaret Tait is shown throughout the programme.
Mariam Ghani’s 2013 video, To Live was adapted from the novel Bid Me To Live by poet Hilda Doolittle and was shot in houses occupied by military families on Governors Island, NYC, from the 1770s to the 1960s. The film is narrated by a woman who lives on the fringes of a war, removed from its immediate impact; but inevitably the war infects every aspect of her life. The work was made in collaboration with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly.
Mariam Ghani (b. 1978, New York) is an artist, writer, and filmmaker. Her work looks at places and moments where social, political, and cultural structures take on visible forms. Long-term collaborations include the experimental archive Index of the Disappeared, with Chitra Ganesh, and the video series Performed Places, with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly and composer Qasim Naqvi. Solo/collaborative exhibitions include the Queens Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Rogaland Kunstsenter, and the Gatchina Museum. Notable group exhibitions and screenings include the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Liverpool Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, the Dhaka Art Summit, dOCUMENTA 13, the National Gallery in DC, the Secession in Vienna, the CCCB in Barcelona, and the Met Breuer, MoMA and Guggenheim in New York. Recent texts have been published in Frieze, Triple Canopy, and the readers Critical Writing Ensembles, Dissonant Archives, and Social Medium: Artists Writing 2000-2015. Ghani holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and has received a number of awards, grants and fellowships, most recently from the Center for Constitutional Rights. She teaches at Bennington College.
WEEK 2 : RHONA WARWICK PATERSON
Sunday 9 September 12-6pm
Rhona Warwick Paterson will perform a new poem
Steel and Other Elastics at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
Alongside these readings Warwick Paterson will screen a video of the same name and invite visitors to make small sculptural works with her. This opening out of ‘process’ through visual and material experiments, will respond to singular, internal and often hidden armatures of poetry as a practice.
Steel and Other Elastics has been written in response to Margaret Tait’s 1959 poem Elasticity.
I Keep Telling Them These Stories, 2018