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Teachers' Private View:The Slave's Lament

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen St

Edinburgh

EH2 1JD

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Join artist Graham Fagen to hear about his work The Slave's Lament and find out about Douglas Gordon's specially commissioned installation Black Burns.

All nursery, primary and secondary school teachers welcome. Refreshments provided.

The Slave's Lament and Black Burns invite us to reconsider our national hero Robert Burns and his relevance today.

'The Slave’s Lament' was Robert Burns’ only work to empathise with the enslaved and the displaced. A beautiful lyric written over two hundred years ago, it is a narrative that remains entirely contemporary as we think of current tragedies unfolding around the world. Combining Burns' poetry with Jamaican reggae music, this evocative video installation was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Black Burns is Douglas Gordon's response to the full-length marble statue of Burns, created in 1824, which occupies pride of place in the building designed to enshrine Scotland’s greatest figures. Gordon’s work often takes familiar subjects (such as Hitchcock's movie Psycho) and presents them in new ways, challenging our assumptions.

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until 29 October 2017

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