The Slave's Lament, Graham Fagen, 2015
Single Screen version, Loop duration 14mins 33secs
Originally produced for Scotland + Venice 2015, commissioned and curated by Hospitalfield, Arbroath.
Composer: Sally Beamish
Production: Adrian Sherwood and Skip McDonald
Vocals: Ghetto Priest
Violin: Jonathan Morton
Cello: Alison Lawrance
Double Bass: Diane Clark
Guitars: Skip McDonald
Drums: Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott
Sound Recording: Hywel Jones
Sound Edit: Laurie Irvine
Sound Engineer: Dave McEwan
Mixed at On U Sound Studios, Ramsgate
Cinematography: Holger Mohaupt
Video Edit: Holger Mohaupt
AV Advisor: Simeon Corless
With thanks to The Scottish Ensemble and On U Sound
In memory of Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott 1956 -2014
Graham Fagen (born 1966) is a Scottish artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland.
He studied sculpture at The Glasgow School of Art (1984-1988, BA) and Art & Architecture at the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989-1990, MA). He is Professor of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.
Graham Fagen is one of the most influential artists working in Scotland today. His work mixes media and crosses continents; combining video, performance, photography and sculpture with text, live music and plants. Fagen’s recurring artistic themes, which include flowers, journeys and popular song, are used as attempts to understand the powerful forces that shape our lives.
In 1999 Fagen was invited by the Imperial War Museum, London to work as the Official War Artist for Kosovo, and since then has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad.
He has exhibited internationally at the Busan Biennale, South Korea (2004), the Art and Industry Biennial, New Zealand (2004), the Venice Biennale (2003).
In Britain he has exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
In 2011 Fagen was the International Artist in Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, concluding with a solo exhibition, Under Heavy Manners.
Recent exhibitions include Cabbages in an Orchardat The Glasgow School of Art (2014); participation in GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art from Scotland(2015) at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, and In Camera(2015) with Graham Eatough at the Panorama, La Friche, Marseille. The Mighty Schemewith Matt’s Gallery at Dilston Grove and CPG London (2016). The Slave’s Lamentat Galerie de l ‘UQAM, Montreal and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (2017) and at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto and The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018)
In 2015 he was selected to represent Scotland at the 56thVenice Biennale.