Darkly comic moral tale from Rachel Maclean

Spite Your Face, is Rachel Maclean's new film commission for the 57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2017.

Thursday, 18th May 2017, 10:18 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:43 pm

In a unique partnership, the 2017 exhibitions for Scotland + Venice, the film will be exhibited at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh until April 2018.

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Curated by Alchemy Film and Arts creative director Richard Ashrowan, the film depicts a post-truth dystopia where the world is turned on its head, leaving the characters untethered to any sense of right and wrong, truth and lies.

It is presented as a large-scale portrait projection at the altar of the deconsecrated church, Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Cannaregio.

The story, conveyed by a continuous film loop where the beginning seamlessly connects to the end, is told through the lives of two characters; a young boy and grows to maturity during the film and a Madonna-like figure who embodies the moral compass.