Sat 21 Apr, 4-6pm, Scout Hall
Pathmakers, pilgrims and other political walkers
How has walking been used for political action? And can walking be an artistic gesture with political relevance? We will explore answers to these questions in relation to Rachel Ashton’s and May Murad’s Walking Without Walls project, which informs the Slow Marathon 2018 routes in Huntly and Gaza this year.
Inspired by the plant journal of pacifist Rosa Luxemburg, the two artists have been identifying, collecting and drawing the wild plants in their respective everyday landscapes and mapping out the routes for their Slow Marathon walks. Whilst Rachel has been negotiating her way with landowners and farmers, May has found herself dealing once again with the complexities of living in Gaza, an occupied territory that leaves little possibility of individual and collective use of public space. During the Gathering, the talks will illustrate Walking Without Walls in its making, and unearth the complex issues of political significance that underpin the project.
The artists’ pathmaking explorations into their own land were accompanied by a year-long exchange through various digital applications. In a time of rising nationalism and restrictive legislations that hinder crossings of national borders, the two artists have been exploring opportunities and limits of new technologies in fostering transnational long-distance collaboration.
Paintings, drawings and other documentation resulting from their visual exchange will be displayed on the occasion.
A selection of these materials will be on display at the Ethical Gift Shop in Huntly until May 14th.
4:00 pm Welcome
4:15 pm Blake Morris: Walking as a political artistic gesture
4:45 pm Mik Napier: Walking in Palestine and in and out of the Gaza Strip
5:15 pm Claudia Zeiske, Rachel Ashton, May Murad: Walking Without Walls in the Making
5:45 pm Exhibition Opening and Refreshments
6.00 pm Registration for all walkers
Mik Napier is an activist member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Mik has travelled nineteen times to Gaza over the past 20 years.
Claudia Zeiske is a walker, activist and Art Director of Deveron Projects. Rachel Ashton is a painter, musician and writer based in Huntly who collaborated on the Walking Without Walls project with May Murad, an artist based in Gaza whose work has been shown internationally.