About Face is an exhibition of 10 large format Polaroid portraits by Maud Sulter, originally commissioned by the Scottish Poetry Library in 2002. It is a fabulous capsule collection of significant Scottish poets at the beginning of the new century.
This exhibition sees this work of historical significance resurface for the first time since being shown in venues in 2003/2004. Writing of the work at that time, Robyn Marsack wrote:
‘Polaroid portraits are often a bit blurred because they’ve been taken in a hurry for an instant record. Their magic lies in seeing the image taking shape on the shiny paper, patch by patch. Maud Sulter’s polaroids measure 20” by 24” and were taken on a unique machine brought over from Prague in the summer of 2002. Working in Edinburgh, Maud had just the one shot at composing her portraits, like any other Polaroid photographer, and the resulting sharp image swam to the large surface in the same surprising way.’
Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP. T: 0141 276 1617.
Opening times: Monday - Thursday 10am to 8pm; Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12noon to 5pm.
Gerry Loose, by Maud Sulter, 2002. © Maud Sulter Archive.
‘About Face’ is part of Street Level’s offsite programme of partnerships with local and regional venues. It is part of the Season of Photography 2015 - a lively series of exhibitions and events taking place in Scotland from April to September 2015. http://www.institutephotographyscotland.org/