The Slave's Lament: Holburne Museum, Bath

Graham Fagen (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Exhibition Dates: 4 May - 8 September 2019

Written in 1792, The Slave’s Lament is Robert Burns’ only work that communicated the appalling realities of the transatlantic slave trade. Despite being more than 200 years old, the song brings the social, political and human tragedies of today into sharp focus.

Performed by the Scottish Ensemble and reggae singer Ghetto Priest, artist Graham Fagen’s contemporary interpretation connects Scottish and Caribbean history through these seemingly disparate musical cultures. Presented across four screens, the result is both haunting and melancholy, yet common ground is found between Burns’ verse and Jamaican reggae.

Commissioned by Hospitalfield, Arbroath and exhibited at Scotland + Venice 2015, when Graham Fagen represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, United Kingdom
PublisherHolburne Museum
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019


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  • The Slave's Lament

    Fagen, G., 2019, University of Dundee.

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