Creative Dundee

symphony for a fraying body at DCA

Dundee-based artist Saoirse Amira Anis debuts a new body of work at DCA and beyond the gallery walls.


Taking inspiration from the music, rituals and folklore of her Scottish and Moroccan ancestry, Saoirse Amira Anis presents symphony for a fraying body, opening late May at DCA.

In this film and installation work, Anis channels her bodily experience of rage through a rope-laden, amphibious mythical creature as it journeys to return to the sea. Her work is informed primarily by Black queer literature, her personal ancestry, and her own body as it moves through the world. She considers the ways in which the body holds ancestral and lived memories – particularly in relation to feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy.

The exhibition opens at DCA with a preview on Fri 19 May and will run until Sun 6 Aug including a special event for Art Night on Sat 24 Jun where Anis’s creature will be freed from the gallery space to move along Dundee’s waterfront to HMS Unicorn.  


When
Preview:
Fri 19 May 2023
7–9pm

Exhibition:
Sat 20 May–Sun 6 Aug 2023
11–6pm

Where
Dundee Contemporary Arts
152 Nethergate
Dundee DD1 4DY

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