Stalking The Image: Margaret Tait Until May 5, GOMA, Glasgow
The life and work of pioneering filmmaker, painter and poet Margaret Tait is celebrated in a new exhibition at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.
One of the most unusual filmmakers to have emerged from Scotland, the work of Tait (pictured, inset below) remains relatively unknown and undervalued.
With a steadfast refusal to commercialise her work or compromise artistically, and with very little access to public funding, Tait self-financed 29 of the 32 films she made between 1952 and 1998.
As well as presenting Tait’s short films and honouring her achievements, Stalking The Image features work by the likes of Torsten Lauschmann, Duncan Marquiss, Rachel Maclean – previous winners of the Margaret Tait Award, which was founded in 2010 to provide a platform for experimental filmmakers.
The exhibition takes its name from a phrase she borrowed from poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Most often using 16mm film, she “stalked the image” through concentrated observation of a subject in an attempt to identify its true nature.
David McDonald of Glasgow Life said: “This exhibition allows us to consider Tait’s impact on future generations of artists and introduce her films to new audiences, giving her work the wider recognition it deserves.”