‘States of living: Architecture, Objects, Body’

17th – 19th January


Join us for a three-day exhibition and event series ‘States of living: Architecture, Objects, Body’, a curatorial project facilitated by Rachel Grant, with visual artist Alexandra McGregor, and writers/performance artists Hanna Gia Louise and Mae Diansangu. 

Architecture reflects states of rapid regeneration and new developments are often a sign of progress for a city. Where the old collides with the new, the preservation of social and cultural histories is often lost or in ruins. This suggests that architecture is far more than simple bricks and water; these structures reveal the histories, hopes, power struggles and culture of the society we live in today. The project has focused on commissioning new works from artists with critical feminist perspectives to investigate the political conditions of architectures in Aberdeen.

The exhibition showcases a new body of work from Alexandra McGregor in response to the Aberdeen comb factory that once stood on Hutcheon Street as a site of the city’s industrial past and the use of comb imagery in Pictish stones embedded in rural North-East landscapes. Through a collection of new drawings, sculpture, film and performance Alexandra takes advantage of slippages in historical truths and North-East folklore to explore female potential historic and present. Channeling the power of a site, body or object, disrupting archives or paying homage to an ancient land goddess venerated by the Picts. The work unearths cultural histories, untangling and questioning to situate allegories of the present and post female.  

‘Intersections’ by Hanna Gia Louise and Mae Diansangu is a series of written and visual representations of womxhood, body and urban environment. Through this collaborative process the work explores how two queer bodies intersect with one another, the built environment and heteronormative, patriarchal spaces. It comments on the tension between the narratives which are inscribed on ‘female’ bodies and the personal, subjective narrative of those bodies. A selection of the images was developed in collaboration with Hannah and Mae’s friend Lise Bos, a non-binary analog photographer, based in Aberdeen. 

Friday 17th January. Preview night. 6pm – 9pm. Performance of ‘The Comb Crone’ by Alexandra McGregor 7pm.

Saturday 18th January. Opening hours 10 – 5pm.Talk from Jenny Brown from AAGM on the history of the combworks in Aberdeen. 2-3pm.

Sunday 19th January. Opening hours 10 – 4pm. 2-3.30 pm Public reading group of speculative fiction writer Ursula Le Guin’s ‘The Carrier Bag theory of fiction’

This project has been made possible through Creative funding from Aberdeen City Council.

All events are free however require booking, please use the links below to book your space.