Project Title: Unsettling Spaces: Curating Artists’ Moving Image to Interrogate Colonial Legacies in Urban Space
School: The Glasgow School of Art
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Smith and Dr Deborah Jackson, School of Fine Art, The Glasgow School of Art.
About Kelly’s Research
The social upheavals of COVID-19, the BLM uprisings of 2020 and Scotland’s housing crisis have provoked a reckoning with the implicit material and cultural systems that perpetuate inequities in the UK’s urban spaces. Drawing from urban studies, postcolonial theory, and media/film theory, this practice-led curatorial project investigates how curating moving images can contest and unsettle the social, historical and material aspects of colonial urban spaces. The curatorial practice-led research aims to test and deliver situated methods of ‘spatial’ (Rendell, 2006) inquiry to reveal vital new understandings of Glasgow’s urban space in artists’ moving image. By curating archival moving images of Glasgow into dialogue with artists’ moving image works that investigate its colonial legacies, the research asks if site-responsive curatorial practises can actively contribute to processes of decolonisation.