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Stalk­ing The Image: Mar­garet Tait Un­til May 5, GOMA, Glas­gow

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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.”

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