Ruth Barker is a Glasgow based artist who works with text and performance. Her practice brings moments of the contemporary quotidian together with the accumulated echoes of humanity’s oldest stories. Recomposing ancient myths through the language of her own unconscious associations and personal autobiography, Barker’s performance poems are hypnotic, ritualised events. Her words are recited with a concentrated focus that becomes by turns magical, claustrophobic, and cathartic. Voicing her private internal images as collectively shared archetypes becomes an experience towards the ritual understanding of self, gender, and mortality. Recent projects include performance commissions for Glasgow Women’s Library, Camden Arts Centre (London), Sils Projects (Rotterdam), Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; Cartel Gallery, (London); ReMap Festival (Athens); the Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (Newcastle); and Machon Hamayim (Tel Aviv).
WHITE INK LECTURE, RUTH BARKER
MODERN EDINBURGH FILM SCHOOL
PUBLISHED TO ACCOMPANY THE EVENT ‘ALLISON GIBBS, WITH RUTH BARKER’, RIPPLES ON THE POND
30 July 2015, The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow G2 6PH
Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH
Copy editor: Richard Taylor
Published 17 July 2015
Thank you to: Katie Bruce, Tina Fiske, Isla Leaver-Yap, Richard Taylor, Martin Craig, Allison Gibbs, Ruth Barker, LUX Scotland, GoMA and The Old Hairdressers.