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Group Exhibition

»Document Scotland:
Reflections on a Changing Country«

Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren, Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

The special exhibition Document Scotland: Reflections on a Changing Country will take place as part of the 18th European Cultural Days in 2022. The show focuses on the culture and heritage of Scotland as seen through the photographs of the “Document Scotland” collective, offering a visual impression of the diversity of Scottish society.

The Document Scotland collective is made up of the Scottish photographers Sophie Gerrard, Stephen McLaren, Colin McPherson and Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, who will be showing their work in Germany for the first time. In their works, they examine themes of belonging and history, and the diversity of community life across the country. Their pictures capture the lives of farmers, reveal traces of Scotland’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade, document the traditions of the inhabitants of the island of Easdale, as well as the protest culture of Glasgow. In doing so, these photographers pose questions about individual and collective identity that are more relevant today than ever before. Without taking a stance, they respond to recent political developments and find out what connects the people living in Scotland.

Demonstration für die Schottische Unabhängigkeit, Stirling, Juni 2018 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Wache am Haus und der Plantage von Roaring River, die früher dem Schotten Robert Cunningham-Graham gehörte. Das Gelände befindet sich heute im Besitz der jamaikanischen Regierung und wird möglicherweise bald an ein chinesisches Bauunternehmen verkauft, um ein Resort zu werden, Jamaika, 2015 © Stephen McLaren
Sybil, Achlian, Argyll & Bute, 2014 © Sophie Gerrard
Protest gegen den Krieg in der Ukraine in George Square, Glasgow, 12. März 2022 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
„Carianne treibt das Vieh, Vallay, North Uist, Juni 2018“ aus der Serie „Drawn To the Land“ © Sophie Gerrard
Schwimmer am Neujahrstag, Easdale Island, 2019 © Colin McPherson
Die Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, ein ehemaliges Gebäude der Royal Exchange, das für die Einfuhr von Zucker von den Westindischen Inseln wichtig war. © Stephen McLaren
Inselbewohner*innen während der Teilnahme in Kohlentag, Easdale Island, 2008 © Colin McPherson

18th European Cultural Days: Events Programme

The 18th European Cultural Days explore Scottish traditions and current issues in Scotland, a country that combines tradition and progress like no other in Europe. These two poles of Scottish identity are explored in a diverse range of event formats: with workshops on “galoshins”, the oldest and still most widespread form of folk theatre in Scotland; courses on new methods of producing traditional textiles such as tartan and wool; and modern performances of the traditional “ceilidh” dance.

Part of the United Kingdom since as far back as 1707, in recent decades, a strong independence movement has emerged in Scotland. Despite the country narrowly voting to remain in the Union in the 2014 referendum, discussion about the possibility of an independent Scotland continues unabated. In general, Scotland is a country that is heavily shaped by its eventful political history. This will also be addressed in the programme, for example in a conversation about poverty in Scotland with the writer and rapper Darren McGarvey, and a panel discussion about Scottish identity in Europe.

This year’s European Cultural Days are being organised by the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in collaboration with the Scottish Government Office in Germany, and with the support of Alastair Mackie, a PhD candidate at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Framework program

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Schwimmer am Neujahrstag, Easdale Island, 2019 © Colin McPherson

Thursday, Aug 18, 2022, 6 pm
Opening Reception

Demonstration für die Schottische Unabhängigkeit, Stirling, Juni 2018 © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Aug 19 – Sep 18, 2022
18th European Cultural Days
Details

Museum Europäischer Kulturen | Document Scotland | Framework program
Museum Europäischer Kulturen | Document Scotland | Framework program

Program of events, PDF-Download (871 kb)

Editor’s note: please note that the finissage of the 18th European Cultural Days incl. the curator’s guided tour (scheduled for Sunday, Sep 18) has been postponed to Nov 20, 2022!
Events with new dates:

Sunday, Nov 20, 2022, 1:30 – 2:45 pm
Artist talk & guided tour with Sophie Gerrard
Held in English; without registration.
Details

Sunday, Nov 20, 2022, 3 – 6 pm
Finissage of the 18th European Cultural Days: Scotland
Curator tour | Concert | Dance
Without registration, admission free.
Details

Museum Europäischer Kulturen. Bruno-Paul-Bau. Berlin-Dahlem, Arnimallee 25 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / David von Becker

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Aug 19 — Nov 20, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, Aug 18, 6 pm
+ Framework proram: please see PDF above

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