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Rachel Maclean Will Represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale


Rachel Maclean.


The British Council Scotland announced today that Rachel Maclean will represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Glasgow-based artist’s project is being commissioned and curated by Alchemy Film and Arts in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh.

Maclean’s Venice Biennale commission will be a film work. Her videos, which have been shown at London’s Zabludowicz Collection and Glasgow’s Tramway gallery, feature fantastical narratives that are mostly staged in computer-generated settings; Maclean plays every character. Shot in candy-colored tones, her videos combine language borrowed from the Internet, centuries-old tales, and the aesthetic of Teletubbies.

“It is hugely exciting to be representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale,” Maclean said in a statement. “I am honored to be participating in such a significant international event and can’t wait to get started on the new commission.”

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