Gail Ritchie at the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara

Gail Ritchie at the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara

QSS artist Gail Ritchie recently undertook a short residency at the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara. This was part of Gail’s ongoing research into how the state and individuals remember the past. As part of the residency (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) Gail used the institute’s archives and visited sites such as the Ataturk Memorial complex and the Ulucanlar Prison in which dissenting artists, journalists and academics were incarcerated. Work made as part of the residency included a collage (shown here) which Gail used to highlight concerns about the current conflict and as a vehicle to discuss borders and the construction and deconstruction of identity.

Image: Digitally altered collage on paper, 30 x 21 cm, 2019