In Focus: Brexit Tears
6.30pm Thursday 4th February
Livestreamed through Facebook
For the eighth in our series of In Focus talks we will be joined by artist Calum Colvin and poet Robert Crawford as they discuss their collaboration Brexit Tears, which tells the story of recent politics through ‘instagraphs’ in which texts and images frolic and jostle together. Made during recent political convulsions, this project seeks to speak of and from this time, but also to sum it up in a way that looks forward to possibilities beyond.
In this event, Robert and Calum will discuss the project and the publication produced by Kettilonia in early 2020: http://kettillonia.co.uk/pamphlets/poetry/brexit-tears/
Published to coincide with the exhibition Brexit Tears at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh held from 31st January to 1st March 2020, the book also appeared in the week the UK ended its membership of the European Union.
Calum Colvin is a Scottish artist whose work combines photography, painting, and installation, and often deals with issues of Scottish identity and culture and with the history of art. His works have been widely exhibited in venues at home and abroad and are represented in numerous prestigious collections from Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York, to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. ‘The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth’ by Tom Normand was recently published by Luath and celebrates of the extraordinary variety of his work from the past four decades.
He is Professor of Fine Art Photography and Associate Dean of Research at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design , University of Dundee.
Robert Crawford is a Scottish poet, scholar and critic. He is the author of some 40 books (including nine collections of poetry), and include diverse titles such as A Scottish Assembly (1990), Testament (2014); The Beginning and the End of the World: St Andrews, Scandal, and the Birth of Photography (2011); Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314–2014 (2014); and The Scottish Ambassador (2018). His book onBurns called The Bard (2009) won the overall Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and with Simon Armitage he edited The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945 (1998). He is currently working on the second part of his two-volume biography of TS Eliot, Eliot After The Waste Land, to be published in 2022.
He is Emeritus Professor of English at University of St Andrews.
Banner Image: Left - Calum Colvin © Calum Colvin / Right - Robert Crawford © Aisha Farr
Left Image: © Calum Colvin & Robert Crawford