Spite Your Face is a troublingly incisive 37-minute film-based fantasia by Scottish artist Rachel Maclean. Drawn from The Adventures of Pinocchio, the Italian folk-tale charting the antics of the little puppet-boy whose nose grows every time he tells a lie, Maclean's dark reimagining is shockingly un-Disney in its depiction of greed-induced brutality.
Maclean focuses on the rise and fall of Pic, a shell-suited urchin who buys his way into a blinged-up wonderland of glam-tastic delights, only to discover his celebrity lifestyle is on credit, and has been built on the flakiest of falsehoods.
The film was shown at Chapter between October 2018 and January 2019.
The artist created this large-scale artwork for our façade, announcing the arrival of central character, Pic to visitors and passers-by alike. Although the exhibition in our gallery has now closed, Pic will reside over us for a little longer.
If you want to find out more about the film please ask a member of our Gallery staff.