Two new film works by Andrew Black and Aman Sandhu are united by an interest in queer narratives of place. Sandhu’s The Magic Roundabout uses a notorious traffic intersection in Swindon as a stage for the retelling of male indiscretions in a local Punjabi family. Shot entirely inside a car driven continuously around the roundabout, the film creates a state of suspension and disorientation while critiquing heteronormative colonial framings of South Asian migrants.
Black’s The Besom takes place in the countryside surrounding a US military radar station in North Yorkshire. Gay erotic fantasy is collaged with anxious reflections on the sci-fi associations of the site – its monstrous physical presence and role in state surveillance – as well as nostalgic pastoral narratives of depopulation and architectural ruin.
Supported by Glasgow International.
Andrew Black (b. 1990 Leeds, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Andrew’s work draws on research into local ways of being, and queer thought around place, memory and the body. Solo shows include: Eternity Knocker, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow, August 2019; Submerged Village, Market Gallery, Glasgow, November 2017; and Our Andrew of the Flowers, Embassy, Edinburgh, July/August 2016. Group exhibitions include: Seized by the Left Hand, DCA, Dundee, December 2019; and Class Trip, Casino, Luxembourg, November 2018.
Aman Sandhu (b. 1984 Toronto, Canada) is an artist currently based in Glasgow. His practice includes sculpture, drawing and performance and seeks to use improvisational strategies as a catalyst for the unearthing of third-space, collaged histories. Sandhu studied at Glasgow School of Art (MFA) and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Klasse Rita McBride). He often works in collaboration with artist and curator, Swapnaa Tamhane under the title August Fröhls.
Solo shows include: So Glad, Market Gallery, Glasgow, 2020; NO MORE ARTISTS, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow, 2019; August Fröhls, Portable Stories, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, 2017.
Group Exhibitions include: MONITOR13, Experimental Film Festival, SAVAC, Toronto, 2019; I See You Man, Celine Gallery, Glasgow, 2018; Future 33, Younger than Beyoncé Gallery, Toronto, 2017.