Edinburgh Palette is delighted to continue its strand of Edinburgh summer festivals exhibitions with The Same Subject Continued – the first UK survey exhibition by acclaimed Edinburgh-based, Estonian queer feminist artist and activist Mare Tralla. The Same Subject Continued is free and open to all daily from 11am-7pm Monday to Friday and 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday from 24 August until 10 September 2023 across the main gallery space on our site at St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh. The exhibition is accompanied by free artist and curatorial tours on demand.
Curated by Iliyana Nedkova, the exhibition features a selection of Tralla’s performative works spanning more than 20 years, including videos, installations, photography and paintings. At the heart of her performative practice is the protest to protect human rights and fight patriarchal power.
This exhibition couldn’t be more timely when the world is to mark the 75th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Scotland is to finish its consultation period (running to 5 October 2023) on its proposals to introduce a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland and yet the rights and freedoms of all human beings have been eroding globally.
The exhibition The Same Subject Continued, as well as one of the featured works, take its title from a chapter in Mary Wollstonecraft’s book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) – now recognised as the first statement of liberal feminism. Throughout the book the author describes the difficult situation women faced at the end of the 18th Century on the basis of her personal experiences. Wollstonecraft argues that women should be given equal opportunities with men.
Iliyana Nedkova, curator of the exhibition said: “Having discovered the work of the UK-based Estonian artist and activist Mare Tralla in 1996, it has been my curatorial privilege ever since to explore, commission and champion Mare’s practice. I am really pleased that this summer Edinburgh and Edinburgh Palette are to host Mare’s first and well-overdue survey exhibition in the UK.”
Mare Tralla, exhibiting artist said: “In the last 200 years women’s position in society has improved dramatically, also thanks to feminists, activists and advocates like Mary Wollstonecraft. However, even today when women criticise patriarchy, usually their personality is attacked and their professional activities ignored. What is more, it is common that on social media they are threatened with rape and death.“