RUINED was created over the last four years by young Scots re-inventing Scottish history - imaginatively 'mashing-up' works from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. In the exhibition, visitors will witness shocking events and ghosts from Scotland’s past, as they enter a time machine in which multiple video projections flicker across a set of ruins. It's anarchy! False heroes and heroines, wicked tyrants and bloodied martyrs, the angry mob, hard borders, sad religions and unwatchable violence - all alive and kicking in the ruins of this Scottish fantasy.
The young people on the Image Liberation Force project, who were attending employability training courses, have rediscovered themselves - cracked and creaky - in the ruins of the Scottish past. They have invested their imaginations in historic paintings depicting epic events and powerful personalities ... and brought them to life. Their story is told by their very own ‘bard’, Edinburgh music producer and rapper Mercurius MC, who spares none in his visceral address to reshaping Scotland’s story.
Image Liberation Force is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Celebrating Scotland’s Art: the Scottish National Gallery Project.