The nightmarish, candy-coloured world created by Maclean in “Feed Me” takes viewers on a roller coaster ride through the vices of contemporary culture. In particular, the film explores the commercialisation of childhood, and a corresponding tendency to infantile behaviour in adulthood, bringing to life the ‘little monsters’ created by consumerist desire. The cast of grotesque characters are all played by the artist, with the screenplay voiced by actors. Maclean employed green-screen technology and extensive post-production to produce a cinematic experience which draws on an array of inspiration – from fairy tales and children’s television programmes to advertising and internet memes, reality TV, talent shows, and horror movies. “Feed Me” was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and Hayward Touring for British Art Show 8.
Rachel MacLean is a multi-media artist born in 1987 in Edinburgh, she lives and works in Glasgow. Using film and photography, she creates outlandish characters and fantasy worlds which she uses to delve into politics, society and identity. Wearing colorful costumes and make-up, Maclean takes on every role in her films herself. She uses computer technology to generate her loca-tions, and borrows audio from television and cinema to construct narratives with a comedic touch.
Working predominantly with the moving image, Maclean has had significant recent success, with her representing Scotland at the 57th Venice Biennial and with major exhibitions at HOME, Manchester and Tate Britain in 2016. After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, her work came to public attention in New Contemporaries 2009. She went on to win the Margaret Tait Award in 2013, was twice shortlisted for the Jarman Award, and achieved widespread critical acclaim for Feed Me (2015) in the British Art Show 8.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Wot u 🙂 about?, HOME, Manchester (2016), Ok, You’ve Had Your Fun, Casino Luxembourg (2015), Please, Sir…, Rowing, London, (2014); The Weepers, Comar, Tobermory, Mull, (2015); Happy & Glo-rious, CCA, Glasgow (part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland), (2014); I HEART SCOTLAND, The Edinburgh Printmakers, (2014); Invites, Zabludowicz Collection, London, (2014); Quick Child, Run!, Trade Gal-lery, Nottingham, (2014); Over The Rainbow, Collective Gallery, Edin-burgh (2013) and Lolcats, Generator Projects, Dundee (2012).
In 2013, Maclean received the Margaret Tait Award, which was established by Glasgow Film Theatre to support experimental and innovative artists work-ing with film and the moving image. Recent group exhibitions include As real as walking down the street and going to the grocery store at Rowing, London; New Ideas for the City at the State Museum of Urban Sculpture, St Pe-tersburg; and Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway, Glasgow (all 2013).
iLiana Fokianaki is a writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013 she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit institution with a yearly programme and permanent location in Athens. State of Concept pro-motes Greek and international artists through solo exhibitions, but also invites international curators to create exhibitions that comment on the current socio-political landscape of Greece and beyond. The institution has worked with artists such as Laure Prouvost, Hito Steyerl, Basim Magdy, Keren Cytter among others, most of whom had never exhibited in Greece before. It also focuses on pedagogy, through a programme that enables Greek art students and artists through free consultations, to further their studies and develop their projects. It has also been operating as an open platform that hosts fellow curators and artists for talks, events and presentations.
In 2016, together with Antonia Alampi she founded Future Climates, a plat-form that aims to propose viable futures for small-scale organizations of contemporary art and culture, which manifested in Athens in March 2017 with a three-month program. She has taught Theory of Photography and Art in Greek institutions and abroad, whilst lecturing and taking part in panel discussions in various independent spaces, museums and foundations worldwide. She is a contributing author in several books and has written for Apollo, art-agenda, Art Papers, e-flux, Frieze, LEAP, Metropolis M, Monopol, Ocula amongst others, whilst extensively writing on Greek contemporary culture and current affairs in the Greek media from 2005-2016 as a journalist. She holds an MA in Art Criticism from City University London under the supervi-sion of Juliet Steyn and Judith Williamson. Her PhD research with Athena Athanasiou at Panteion University Athens focuses on economy, identity and politics. She is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.