Talbot Rice Gallery exhibitions

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Three new exhibitions are available to view at the Talbot Rice Gallery until 30 September 2023. They will also be part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, 11-27 August.


The Tower

Jesse Jones’ film, performance, and sculptural installation ‘The Tower’ is the second part of a trilogy that began with ‘Tremble Tremble’, commissioned for the Irish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Jones works cross platform, using a form of expanded cinema to focus on troubling histories of the oppression of women.

‘The Tower’ draws on the words of women burned as heretics before the first witch trials in the sixteenth century. It delves into the lost knowledge of women’s ecstatic visions through the writing and song of medieval female Christian mystics, and evokes the strange, isolated imaginaries of anchorites and hermits, along with religious and state incarceration of women.

Read more about Jesse Jones’ exhibition online.


45th Parallel

Lawrence Abu Hamdan listens to, with, and on behalf of people affected by corporate, state, and environmental violence. His work has been presented worldwide in the form of forensic reports, lectures and live performances, films, and exhibitions.

His most recent film installation, ’45th Parallel’, examines political grey areas in international legislature and reflects on a cross-border shooting and the subsequent legal case of Mesa v. Hernandez. It was filmed on location in the only cross-border theatre in the world – the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, which is a geopolitical grey zone that bisects the border of Canada and the United States.

Read more about Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s exhibition online.


Nature of Difference

மொழிபெயர்ப்பு / ‘the nature of difference’ is a series of 20 twenty individual text works by Dr Hephzibah Israel in collaboration with graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge.

Dr Israel is Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University. Her exhibition, on the upper balcony of the Georgian Gallery, is informed by her own lived experience and poetically explores the nature of translation and what it is to navigate borders.

Read more about Hephzibah Israel’s exhibition online.


Photography: ‘The Tower’, by Marion Bergin, courtesy of Jesse Jones; ’45th Parallel’, courtesy of Lawrence Abu Hamdan; ‘the nature of difference’, by Hephzibah Israel in collaboration with Fraser Muggeridge Studio.