AboutDuncan Whitley | Sbarbi's Arrow
Exhibition: Friday 22 March - Sunday 21 April 2013 | Thursday - Sunday 2-6pm
Late Opening: Thursdays | 6-8pm | Other times by informal appointment
Opening: Thursday 21 March 2013 | 7-9pm | RSVP: info[at]soundfjord.org.uk
Associated events programme: 23 March - 22 April 2013
SoundFjord is delighted to announce its inaugural commission, Sbarbi's Arrow, an exhibition by Duncan Whitley, produced specifically for SoundFjord's gallery space. Themes within Whitley's work will be developed through a full programme of events taking place along side the exhibition.
Sbarbi's Arrow is the first major creative output of Whitley's study of the saeta flamenca, a form of flamenco prayer, sung to the religious images of the Catholic Easter processions in Andalucia. The exhibition has been commissioned to coincide with the movable feast of Lent and Easter.
The title refers to an 1880 text by José Marà a Sbarbi in which he describes the saeta as a brief, fervent spiritual maxim, capable of producing in the mind an impression similar to that caused in the body by the wound from an arrow... capable, not of riddling the heart of the most hardened or indifferent sinner with arrows, but of giving a dead man gooseflesh." Whitley searches for traces of Sbarbi's metaphorical arrow within his self-reflexive investigations in contemporary ethnography, extending the metaphor from flamenco song to processes of recording, memory and playback.