This will be the first gallery presentation of April outside of Scotland.
Working across film, installation, text and sound, Sarah Forrest’s practice weaves together elements of theory, fiction and philosophy to produce narrative-driven works that playfully explore perceptions both by and of the self. April draws from her research into second sight (An da shealladh, literally translated from Gaelic, means ‘the two sights’), a prophetic phenomenon particular to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. To this subject, she brings questions pertinent to her wider creative practice that consider appearance, perception, doubt and belief. Set on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, the film performs through its cyclical structure and narrative slippages the sensation of being un-certain of what has been seen or heard.
April will be presented alongside a new companion film produced for the exhibition. A selection of films and videos from the LUX and Cinenova collections will accompany a presentation of audio works, related publications and research materials. A newly commissioned text by writer and critic Brian Dillon will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
April was commissioned as part of the 2017/18 Margaret Tait Award, a Glasgow Film Festival commission supported by Creative Scotland and LUX Scotland.
Curated by Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland, the exhibition is presented as a partnership between LUX and LUX Scotland, with additional support from the Hope Scott Trust.