Monday, 21 May 2018
Southside Cinerama presents How The West Was Won (MGM 1962) A site-specific installation, involved converting the space of the ubiquitous tenement bay-window in a living room into a Cinerama screen. The film chronicles the fate of a family of pioneers as they cross the American West and brings the narrative, in the soaring finale, to contemporary America- complete with scenes of traffic jams, skyscrapers and industrialized farming. Although in many ways of its time, the film begins to make a tacit nod to a more progressive understanding of the American origin story, with allusions to the mistreatment of Native Americans, the plight of women and the excessive behaviour of corporate America.
This work took place as part of Glasgow Open House Art Festival, 2017. The festival sees artists open their homes and other non-gallery spaces to the creation of work and events.