JUNE '15

Curating Europes' Futures: 'Blind Spots: Exploring Themes of Race in Archives of Visual Art Through Curating' | CCA Glasgow Cinema | Saturday 27 June | 1pm

More info and event booking link to be posted soon!



Mother Tongue are the winners of ApexArt New York's 2015 Franchise Programme and will be returning to Barbados in Spring 2016 to curate a group exhibition. More details soon!


JAN - FEB '15

Mother Tongue are currently undertaking a month-long residency with the Caribbean Arts Platform Fresh Milk Barbados until 2nd March 2015. The residency will be followed by our participation at the regional symposium 'Tilting Axis' produced in collaboration with ARC Magazine. More info here.


OCTOBER 2014 - JUNE 2015


Curating Europes’ Futures is a collaboratively-organised discussion series which explores contemporary curatorial and artistic practices that have critically addressed themselves to the processes of socio-economic restructuring, identity politics, gender dynamics and cultural policies within ‘post-bloc’ Europe.

The series will look to curatorial practices as they have evolved within the shifting and uneven economic and socio-political relations across an expanding European Project whilst raising questions over different kinds of constructed identities.

Curators who have investigated the paradoxes of national ideology and capitalist structures, raising questions about interconnections between contemporary art and the shaping of daily social reality, have been invited to participate. The speakers will discuss their involvement in arts and publishing projects that have not only sought to critically address these areas, but also broaden the interpretive range and prospective interplay of artistic research to ongoing socio-political struggles and possibilities within ‘post-bloc’ Europe.

The discussions are free, open to the public, aimed principally at artists, researchers, curators and those with an active interest in the changing contexts of interdisciplinary, experimental and investigative curatorial and artistic practices.

Curating Europes’ Futures brings together Creative Futures Institute of the University of the West of Scotland, the Graduate School of The Glasgow School of Art, as well as the practitioner-research networks of Variant, Framework, Mother Tongue, as hosted by CCA.


Thursday 30 October 2014
Lina Džuverović | 18:00 | CCA, Cinema Space

In the first session of the series, independent curator and PhD candidate at Royal College of Art/Tate, Lina Džuverović explores the top-down use of culture for the purposes of 'soft power' as part of national branding, possibilities of artistic autonomy and modes of resistance against the commodification of cultural content.

For the full programme, booking and more information www.curatingeuropesfutures.net

JULY '14

PUBLICATION LAUNCH | 18 July | 18:30 | Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography

The exhibition's accompanying publication A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora - produced in collaboration with TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art Identity and Nation at University of Arts London - will be released to mark the final week of the show. The launch event will take the form of an introduction to the exhibition and accompanying publication from the curators, followed by a screening Charles Burnett’s seminal 1977 film Killer of Sheep.

More info and booking instructions here

A Thousand of Him, Scattered: Relative Newcomers in Diaspora
Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography [Edinburgh]
18 April - 20 July

Edgar Arceneaux | Yael Bartana | Richard Fung | Kiluanji Kia Henda | Bouchra Khalili | Maud Sulter | Milja Viita

The accompanying publication – produced in collaboration with TrAIN: Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation at University of Arts London – will be released mid-show, including contributions from John Akomfrah, Sezgin Boynik, David Dibosa, Richard Fung, Lubaina Himid and Cinthya Lana and featuring the poetry of the Scottish-Ghanaian artist and poet Maud Sulter. More info on the launch coming soon!

More info on the exhibition here


We are back in Scotland delivering a paper to the Scottish Records Association concering the importance of the Glasgow School of Art / Third Eye Centre Archives and the Alternative Histories Project. We will be speaking about our two-strand project titled, The Whiteness Necessitated by the Glasgow Miracle: Two Invisible Case Studies which took place between the Centre of Contemporary Art Glasgow [2012] and Malmö Konsthall [2013]. We will present alongside Susannah Waters, Archivist at Glasgow School of Art.

More info on Part I & II of the project here.


JULY '13
We are now in residence with Craig Mulholland at CCA Glasgow - info on the public event will be posted soon! Details on the residency can be found here.


JULY '13
Documentation from our current project at Malmö Konsthall Revisiting "Two Invisible Case Studies" with works from Maud Sulter & Oladélé Ajiboyé Bamgboye will be live very soon.



We are very pleased to announce all our publications to date are now held by DOVCA: Documentation Centre for Visual Art [Italy]. Please find our publication list here.



Public Forum: Diasporic Dispersal / Categorical Conditions

Wednesday 15 May, 1 - 5pm

Venue: Stills Gallery

Panel Discussion, with Dr Saër Maty Bâ & Isabel Löfgren, chaired by Mother Tongue.

Sparked by Edward Said's outright rejection of the concept, the panel discussion will focus on the history, limitations, and simultaneous utility / redundancy of Diaspora as an umbrella term, interrogating its vocabulary. Tracing its defining characteristics and significance as an identifier, the panel and audience will be encouraged to hypothesise or imagine alternatives names and methods by which to think of migrant and displaced groups. Followed by Q+A and discussion.


Mother Tongue will undertake the CCA: Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow's month-long Creative Lab Residency with the artist Craig Mulholland in July 2013. Further information on the residency can be found here.


Mother Tongue are delighted to announce participation at the following conferences in Spring 2013:

Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, and Survival Conference at UC Berkeley, San Francisco U.S.A March 2013
Research Paper: "The Schism Between Afrofuturism and Sport in African-American Culture: Rereading the Anxiety Towards Black Athletes Post 9/11"

SASS: Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Study Annual Conference, Arctic Studies Stream at UC Berkeley, San Francisco U.S.A May 2013
Research Paper: "Pressing through the Ice: Black-British Filmmaking, Whiteness, and the Legacy of British Colonial Constructions of the Arctic Landscape"