The Slave’s Lament: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Graham Fagen (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


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

Object type:Installation

Credit line:Gifted by Outset UK 2020

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, UK
PublisherScottish National Gallery Of Modern Art
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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  • The Slave's Lament

    Fagen, G., 2019, University of Dundee.

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