Part of the 2018 Look Again art weekender, the exhibition Positive Geographies features the work of six emerging contemporary artists based in Aberdeen, all recent graduates from Gray’s School of Art. Quite deliberately the show is not about Aberdeen, but discusses issues that resonate far beyond the boundaries of the city.
With work in video, installation and performance, Positive Geographies addresses a wide spectrum of contemporary issues; of loneliness in an age never more connected; of the permanence of economic and social instability; of diaspora, belonging, and the “right to speak”.
Demanding, playful and provocative, Positive Geographies is a multi-authored project focusing on how these differing emphases and themes are contributing to the slow emergence of a new and critically focused contemporary art in our city. The show also questions the visibility and value of contemporary art to Aberdeen and the potential that it offers in developing and growing an international audience and network for art made in this city.
Positive Geographies is accompanied with a fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays from Jon Blackwood, curator, and Sean Elder Wilson, a recent graduate of Gray’s and now associate curator at Grand Union, Birmingham, as well as short introductory texts by each of the participating artists.