SQIFF: Birthday Boy, dir. Leo LeBeau

Birthday Boy, directed by Leo LeBeau and screened at this year’s Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF), perfectly captures this feeling of being on the “wrong” side of the gender binary. It follows the character of Alex, a transgender teenager attending an all-girl’s private school, played by Sebastian Emmerson - an out trans man himself.... Continue Reading →

SQIFF 2021: Poetics of the Visual

David Ellington stands in front of a wall. He points to the sky, making a bird with his hands. The overlaid text says, “Two birds shoot and dart as one. Around a far, far tree. He runs the distance. And watches the other. Together.”Here, in his film Liberty, Ellington’s BSL is like a dance. Heart... Continue Reading →

SQIFF 2021: Aspects of the Embodied Self

Content warning: discussion of self-harm and HIV/AIDs “They need to make sense of this nonsense. Together”, says the voiceover of The Devotions, one of several short films shown as part of the Aspects of the Embodied Self event at this year’s SQIFF.  SQIFF, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, is hosted each autumn at the... Continue Reading →

S/He into Flesh: Skye & Kham Answer Our Questions

Artists Skye Reynolds and Khamlane ‘Kham’ Halsackda discuss their live Zoom performance piece ‘S/He into Flesh’. This conversation is based on questions by Ana Hine. Kham: So the first question is, “What were the circumstances that led to the ‘S/He into Flesh’ online screening with Tramway?” Skye: We arrived at an idea we were delighted... Continue Reading →

Karla Black: There Is No Hierarchy In Materials

Inside the newly refurbished Fruitmarket gallery the wall of text introducing Karla Black’s ‘sculptures (2001 – 2021): details for a retrospective’ tells us that the artist is searching for a paint that never dries and a sculptural material that never hardens.I carry this beautiful sentiment with me as I ponder the works in the Lower... Continue Reading →

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