false dawn is an exhibition developed for Glasgow International 2021, located in Bellahouston Park at Studio Pavilion, House for an Art Lover.
The show takes its name from a zodiacal light visible on the horizon before sunrise and is installed on the former location of the 1938 Empire Exhibition. Considering the site as one of fissure, the artists build on a body of research that deploys rupturing, grieving and dreaming as methodologies of disruption and collapse.
Sulaïman Majali is an artist-poet who brings into play rupturing, grieving and dreaming as methodologies of disruption. Considering art as an already thinking and speaking thing, the artists perform towards poetic and conceptual strategies for evading empire. At issue in the play is the liberatory or otherwise. Majali was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award 2020/21, a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, and recently finished a 2-year research residency at Talbot Rice Gallery/Edinburgh College of Art.
Exhibitions include: assembly of the dispersed, part of The Internet of Things, Darat al-Funun, Amman, Jordan/online (2020); strange winds, a sound commission for In The Open, The Common Guild (2020); a dream for scheherazade, EVERYTHING HAPPENED SO MUCH, 66th International Film Festival Oberhausen (2020); WHAT’S AHEAD, WHAT’S KNOWN, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2020); saracen go home, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2019); something vague and irrational, Celine Gallery, Glasgow (2019); assembly of the poets, EARTH HOLD, Qalandiya International Biennial, Serpentine Galleries, London (2018); Mene Mene Tekel Parsin, Wysing Arts Centre (2017); Towards an archive, 8th Cairo Video Festival (2017).