Installation Photograph credits Keith Hunter 

Bring me to Heal
Exhibition 2021 (Tramway, Glasgow)

Bring Me To Heal is a new exhibition by Amartey Golding which includes film, photography, sound and a handcrafted garment that sheds light on generational trauma in Britain. Turning to his Anglo-Scottish and Ghanaian ancestry by way of a Rastafarian upbringing, Golding creates dream-like spaces, steeped in historical reference that bridge the aspects of his mixed heritage and offer collective rituals of healing. 

Moving between film and photography, we follow the central character who is nurtured into existence by a group of three nomadic storytellers in the countryside. Subsequently in a second film the character is brought to a point of reckoning with Britain’s violent past within the opulence of the V&A museum. 

A centrepiece of the commission is an ornate hand knotted garment made of human hair that has been intricately designed by Golding in collaboration with hair artist Kevin Fortune. The garment features a pattern that blends references from Afro hair styles to the body art of ancient Britons.

 

Born from a lengthy process the garment becomes a symbol of care, brought to life when worn by Amartey’s brother, Solomon Golding in the films. Using the hair of potentially thousands of people, each strand was hand knotted and tended to by a group of makers in the name of collective healing. 

Shedding light on the processes behind the work, a fable of “The Horse and the Goose” written by the artist as a narrative context for the wider exhibition addresses the importance of storytelling and its role in creating space for healing.

Credits:

Amartey Golding’s Bring Me to Heal series is a Forma Arts & Media commission in collaboration with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum and Tramway. It is further supported by Arts Council EnglandThe Golsoncott FoundationHenry Moore Foundation and Lighthouse as part of Re-Imagine Europe.

The exhibition at Tramway was realised with support from the Art Fund and Creative Scotland.