The Slave’s Lament was Scottish poet Robert Burns’s (1759-1796) only work to empathise with the appalling hurt of the displaced, the trafficked and the enslaved. A lyric published in 1792, it is a narrative that remains contemporary as we think of current tragedies unfolding on borders and in hinterland locations. With a moving score written by Sally Beamish, performed by the Scottish Ensemble and reggae singer Ghetto Priest, and produced by On-U-Sound founder Adrian Sherwood, Graham Fagen creates a fascinating sound clash, where Burns's poetry finds a haunting bedfellow in Jamaican reggae music – and finds much common ground.
Four-channel colour video installation, with sound, 14 min. 27 sec
Credit line:Gifted by Outset UK 2020
Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art