Margaret Tait Award Announcement and Screening: Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry at GFF19


Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Event Details

Monday 25 February 2019


Glasgow Film Theatre

Free, tickets available on the day via GFT Box Office


LUX Scotland and Glasgow Film Festival present the world premiere of the 2018/19 Margaret Tait Award commission by Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry, which seeks to challenge conditions of racialised abjection and find new methods for refusal. A chief linkage in this refusal is the sonic cosmologies found in Kamau Brathwaite’s research on tidalectics and Christina Sharpe’s work on ‘the weather’. Sharpe positions ‘the weather’ as a lens to understand the inescapable conditions within the afterlife of slavery, while Brathwaite’s theories of tidalectics expose the performativity of sound, revealing memories of transoceanic life. between a whisper speaks of memory, trauma, tensions between the land, the sea and the weather, which reveal the precarity and privilege of geography.

The recipient of the 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award will be announced at the screening.