Arts Review – Polygraphs: Truths, Evidence and the Authentic Voice

GOMA, 17th February – 17th September 2017

This collaborative exhibition aims to explore ‘truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world’, and features works by a diverse array of artists- from local Alasdair Grey to American conceptual artist Barbara Kruger. Kruger’s photographic print, entitled You Have Searched and Destroyed, is the first work to meet my eye. The title screams from the frame in Kruger’s iconic tabloid font, laid over an image of long blonde hair being dragged through a bed of nails. For me, this perverse hairbrush draws uncomfortable parallels between torture and traditional feminine beauty practices.

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Arts Review: Please Turn Us On

GOMA, 28th July – 22nd January

GOMA’s exhibition on early video art and counterculture opens with Elsa Stansfield and Madelon Hooykaas’ What Is It To You?, a 1973 video project based in Glasgow. Using one of the first video cameras in Scotland, obtained by the Third Eye centre and made available for public use, the project documents Glasgow residents through interviews and candid footage, and provides a glimpse into the average Glaswegian living of the period.

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