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Expect lions, bagpipe drones and sweeping scenery as Scotland’s selection for the Venice Biennale makes its way to Mareel this October. As part of an exclusive tour to a limited number of venues across the country, Mareel hosts Turner Prize-winning artist Charlotte Prodger’s artwork SaF05 for one night only on Thursday 24th October at 6.15pm.

Bringing artists together from around the globe since 1895, the 58th international art exhibition features standalone representation from Scotland. For the first time, organisers Scotland + Venice are taking the artwork on tour across the country, whilst the work remains on show for audiences in Venice.

Drawing together footage from a number of locations including the Highlands, the Great Basin Desert, the Okavango Delta and the Ionian Islands, the film reads like an archival and scientific diary, exploring wildernesses across the world. Named after a maned lioness that figurers in the work as an emblem for queer attachment and desire, get set for strange sounds, spectacular scenery and a lion on the prowl in this haunting work.

Graeme Howell, Chief Executive of Shetland Arts Development Agency, commented: “We’re thrilled to be hosting a screening of new work from such an important artist, and applaud this initiative to bring Charlotte Prodger’s work to remote areas of Scotland.”

The screening will include a short film documenting the project development, and will be followed by a talk with members of the Scotland + Venice team and curator Helen Nisbet.

Charlotte Prodger’s SaF05 screens on Thursday 24th of October 2019 at 6.15pm. This free – but ticketed - event can be booked in person at Mareel or at the Shetland Arts outlet at Sumburgh Airport, by phone on 01595 745500, or online here.

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