Richard Maguire | Publication Launch: What It Is To Burn

Market Gallery is excited to invite you to the launch of a newly commissioned text by Richard Maguire. What it is to burn is an exploration of the evidentiary chain of the linguistic prompts that form bodies as burning, burned, burned out and burnt. It works around desire, passing, and the intersections of race, sexuality and nationality.

Saturday 30th November 6 - 9pm

The event will consist of readings from the text, a Q&A with Richard, and a screening of the film Un chant d'amour (1950), a silent film by Jean Genet, with a live improvised soundtrack by Adam Benmakhlouf.

Un chant d'amour is Genet’s only film, and was originally banned for its homosexual content. It explores the unusual, emancipatory communication between two prisoners desperate for human contact.

What it is to burn emerged from ‘On My Way Home’, an expanded reading group series that explored belonging through the intersections of personal identity, privilege and oppression. The publication will be available to purchase on the day for a small donation. However, in the event that this cost is prohibitive, we will also supply some free copies.

Travel and childcare bursaries are available for those in need. For more information please email market@marketgallery.org.

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Richard Maguire (b.1991, Aberdeen) is an artist currently living and working in Scotland. Born to a Britsh-Indian mother and and Irish father, Maguire works predominantly between personal and archival matter, his work is an ongoing exploration into mnemonic renderings of the intersection between sexual and racialised othering from the Antique to contemporary society. His practice examines differences and the blending and collapsing of distinct identities and cultures between archetypal embodiment, likeness, representation and being, utilising drawing and other mimetic approaches to do so.

Maguire studied at Gray’s School of Art (2013), The Royal Drawing School (2015) and The Glasgow School of Art (2018).

Recent shows and projects include: GIFC and Vapid, Languid, Limp & Lounging at Assembly House, Leeds. His work can be found in several private collections including The Royal Collection & The Heyman-Mortiz Collection.

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Adam Benmakhlouf is an artist, writer and educator based between the Highlands and Glasgow. Working across a variety of roles and media, Benmakhlouf's paintings, prints, sound and video work are borne out of an engagement with informal community groups, grassroots organisations and forms of alternative education.

The works he produces reveal hints of autobiography, friendship and intimacy, which can be tender, honest and candid.