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Jacqueline Donachie : Deep in the Heart of Your Brain
20 May 2016 until 13 November 2016
Gallery of Modern Art
A major solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Jacqueline Donachie, including an ambitious new body of work exploring disability, care and loss.
Since 2002, Donachie has worked with a range of scientific and medical professionals in collaborative processes to produce new ideas and artworks. This exciting new commission with GoMA, supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, includes sculpture and drawings made in the last five years alongside new works developed from a period of research with a group of women affected by an inherited genetic condition, made in collaboration with the UK Myotonic Dystrophy Patient Registry at The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre in Newcastle.
This rich archive of personal reflection on age, appearance and disability offers a powerful platform for new work. Through connecting the thoughts of the women on their position within science and the treatment that affects them with established sculptural language that uses industrial materials, drawing and film, Donachie seeks to parallel the relationships and hierarchy of families with that of science, within the context of contemporary art. The exhibition will also reference items of armour from Glasgow Museums collection, urban architecture and works from an earlier sculptural and performance tradition such as that of Bruce McLean.
Central to the exhibition is the new film work Hazel, a powerful three screen installation that directly connects the experiences of the participants – all sister sets, where one sibling has inherited the myotonic dystrophy gene and one has not – to a wider discussion around relationships, age and appearance.
There will be a talks and workshop programme looking at the sculptural, drawing and film language Donachie employs, related to themes within the exhibition. This programme will culminate in a symposium on Friday 4 November, bringing together key academics, artists, patients, interested colleagues and audiences to take forward some of the ambitions raised by the commission with the Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
Donachie has also received support to work with GoMA on this exhibition and for further research from the National Lottery through the Creative Scotland Open Project Fund.