Annie Crabtree was resident at Hospitalfield in 2015 on the Interdisciplinary Residency and Adam Lewis Jacob was on residency in 2017 on the Visual Art Residency. Both have been commissioned to make new work for Edinburgh Art Festival.
Annie is showing as part of Platform 2018, an exhibition featuring work by early career artists. Body of Water is a new video work exploring the loss of bodily autonomy through illness, examining cultural (mis)representations and social (mis)understandings of female pain – pairing this with the act of swimming as a means of recovery, resistance and regaining of autonomy.
Adam’s solo exhibition at the Institut Français d’Écosse, No Easy Answers, is an experimental moving image installation centring on the contradictory nature of the shopping centre as both a ‘nurturing space’ and ‘decaying womb’, a contested political arena representative of Britain’s shift from industrial producer to service provider. The work takes J G Ballard’s novel Kingdom Come, Brexit and the increasing abstraction of economics as starting points, to look into the role these spaces play in the construction of identity and political opinion within late capitalism.
Both exhibitions run until 26 August 2018.