A Contested Land, in Perth.

Pleased to announce that I’m exhibiting at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, along with my Document Scotland photographer colleagues in a show called A Contested Land.

The show opens today, 23rd April, and runs until 23rd June.

On May 9th there will be a drinks reception with talks by myself, Colin McPherson and Sophie Gerrard, at 7pm. It is free to attend, but to manage visitor numbers you need to book a ticket here.

Formed in 2012, Document Scotland is a collective of four Scottish documentary photographers, brought together by a common vision to witness and record important and diverse stories about Scotland and the Scots. Tired of the tropes and clichés which are often used to represent Scotland, their aim is to provide a more realistic view of their nation today.

Set within the context of contemporary political debate and social changes, A Contested Land consists of four new projects by photographers Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson and Stephen McLaren. Collectively, they examine the complex relationships between the nation’s people, history and land at one of the most important times in Scotland’s recent past.

The works reflect upon Scotland’s precarious environmental and economic landscape, within ongoing political conflicts that give these issues relevance and urgency. During both the Independence and European Union referendums, the word that dominated discussion was ‘change’ – it became the go-to for the dissatisfied. However, even with this uncertainty, the referendums have highlighted the fact that the Scottish people are proud of their identity and independent voice.

The four bodies of work presented in A Contested Land – exhibiting for the first time in Scotland at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, reflect upon the ongoing changes Scotland continues to face. The show was first exhibited at the MArtin Parr Foundation, in Bristol, in early 2019.

The show will then travel onwards to Dunoon Burgh Hall in the summer, FLOW Photofest, Inverness in September, and Photo North in Harrogate in November.

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