The Slave’s Lament
February 10 - April 7, 2018
Curated by Louise Déry
Organized and circulated by Galerie de l’UQAM
The Slave’s Lament presents works by the multidisciplinary artist Graham Fagen on the theme of slavery and Scottish involvement in the fate of African people deported to the Caribbean in the eighteenth century. Comprised of a large-scale music and video installation, drawings and landscape photographs, the exhibition explores the tensions and emotions brought about by colonialism and the African slave trade. Today considerable feeling has been mobilized with the aim of reconciliation and redemption for the economic servitude and cultural oppression of peoples—whether aboriginal, the product of immigration or subject to current insidious forms of servitude. Fagen’s questioning of nationality and identity, however, is based on a particularly pertinent critique of the cultural and social heritage.