Vessel

This group show, VESSEL, was part of the extended curated programme organised by Art Walk Projects for the 2023 Art Walk Porty Festival, held during September, 2023.

In HUNITI GOLDOX’s new work, the duo contemplates the intersectionality of lines—infrastructures that impose certain interpretations of the world while rendering others invisible. The work critically engages with colonial perspectives and scale, examining how territorial control is exerted through human-made structures like time zones, dammed rivers, and aridity lines. It provokes reflection on scientific and indigenous forms of knowledge, as well as the fates of unmeasurable objects, subjects and relations within the natural world.

The two-channel video installation travels across different landscapes, waters, fictions and objects. The work also features contemporary reenactments of a water clock — a time-measuring technique from ancient times that relies on the fall and flow of water through a vessel —  which offers a shift towards an elastic territory that transcends the traditional boundaries of power lines.

HUNITI GOLDOX (Areej Huniti & Eliza Goldox) is an artist collective whose work is shaped by contextual examinations of geopolitical realities, marginalised oral histories and mythologies. They started their engagement with mutant narratives through contextual research on a buried water stream in the centre of Amman, Jordan which then extended to the swamp lands and coast of Tunis, Tunisia, an artificial lake in Leipzig, Germany, urban development projects around Tirana River, Albania and the Vistula River in Poland.

Their work has been exhibited and screened across Jordan at Darat Al Funun, The MMAG Foundation, The Jordan National Gallery and Goethe Institute in Amman as well as at SomoS Art House, Berlin, D21, Leipzig, Sheffield Film Festival, TBA21-Academy, Venice, Tirana Art Lab, Albania, Manifesta 14 in Kosovo and Hauser & Wirth Menorca.

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VESSEL also included work by three Edinburgh-based practitioners—Tonya McMullan, Jenny Pope and Claudia Zeiske.

Jenny Pope exhibits her coracle form ‘Buoyancy in unprecedented times’; a vessel form made from woven willow and bamboo and lined with recycled clothing that evokes the possibility of navigating hope in uncertain times.

Tonya McMullan presents a sculptural work coming through a period of research as part of her Repel and attract project that concentrates on the presence of tomato seedlings at the water treatment plant at Seafield, as well as interest in approaches to water collection and scent.

Walking curator Claudia Zeiske exhibits the embroidered tablecloth she has carried on her 500-mile journey walking the North Sea coast as part of her Slow Coast 500 project.