What's happening in DCA Galleries in 2021/22


21 July 2021

Following our successful reopening in April this year, we're delighted to announce our exciting programme of exhibitions for the second half of 2021 and beyond.

On Sat 21 August 2021 we will launch two new exhibitions across our galleries - one by Irish artist Mary McIntyre and another by Japanese artist Chikako Yamashiro.

For Mary McIntyre’s Places We Think We Know, DCA has commissioned a new body of photographic work which sees the artist explore notions of interior space (both physical and psychological) to present the viewer with images of quiet interiors; rooms which at first appear to be empty and unremarkable. Upon closer inspection, however, they slowly reveal a rich tapestry of traces and associations — frayed and discoloured carpet tiles, stained walls, make-shift partitions, and disturbed dust and detritus all speak of previous occupation by unknown inhabitants.

Accompanying these works, the artist will construct a series of large-scale installations that intersect the gallery space in different ways to create bespoke environments from which to consider each image. This exhibition will also debut a new suite of modular synth compositions by Sean McBride of Martial Canterel made in response to the artist’s photographs.

The exhibition Chinbin Western brings the Japanese artist Chikako Yamashiro’s practice to Scotland for the first time. Her work spans performance, filmmaking and photography, often employing her own and other bodies as vehicles through which to carry stories from overlooked or unheard voices. This project, guest-curated at DCA by Kirsteen Macdonald, focuses on video works that respond to marginalised histories in the East Asian region, addressing universal subjects such as identity and historical memory through uniquely poetic imaginings.

At the centre of this exhibition, set amongst other selected works, is the European premiere of Yamashiro’s latest film Chinbin Western: Representation of the Family. This richly imagined artwork takes the form of an allegorical tale that weaves together comic satire, mining landscapes, opera, traditional Japanese theatre and domestic lives.

Over the winter months, DCA will work with two artists here in Scotland, Tako Taal and Rae-Yen Song, to deliver two major new commissions across the galleries which will take us into 2022.

A new exhibition by Tako Taal comprises a new film with accompanying collage, painting and archival materials, based on familial photographs and documents belonging to the artist, and relating to the changing nature of her family’s home in The Gambia. In this exhibition, Taal reconstructs whispered anecdotes and artefacts from personal archives to trace the shifts that merge and split boundaries between body, land and the state.

Rae-Yen Song’s exhibition debuts a new body of work including sculpture, installation, printmaking and video. It will give viewers a glimpse of an alternate dimension, shaped according to the ancestral logics and imagined futures of Song’s family, which serves simultaneously as spectacle, memorial and refuge. Visitors will be granted access to a multi-sensory environment, a speculatively sacred space from a stubbornly uncertain point in time and space, which floats somewhere between history, memory and imagination.

" that allows us all to remain in a state of active, critical engagement with the world around us..."

Beth Bate, Director of DCA said: “I’m thrilled that we’re able to present such a vibrant and dynamic programme to our visitors, particularly during these most unusual times. We've been heartened by the incredible audience responses to our exhibitions throughout the pandemic, and are so pleased to continue welcoming visitors back into our galleries; allowing us all to explore together what connects us, and what shapes our worlds and relationships, through these powerful and diverse bodies of work.”

Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA, said: “The artists we collaborate with DCA create work that allows us all to remain in a state of active, critical engagement with the world around us, and the greatest privilege in my role comes from being able to share their work with our audiences each year. Reaching to connect Scotland to lands close by such as Ireland, as well as further away shores across Africa and Asia, the projects we are developing across the rest of 2021 and into 2022 with Mary, Chikako, Tako and Rae-Yen will bring remarkable artworks and ideas to Dundee for the first time.”

Each exhibition will be accompanied by a curated public programme of talks, events, screenings and performances that will be announced throughout the year. 

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