13 May - 26 November 2017
Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Cannaregio, Venice
Artist Rachel Maclean is representing Scotland at this year's Venice Biennale through the Scotland + Venice partnership between Creative Scotland, National Galleries Scotland and British Council Scotland.
Her 30 minute film, Spite Your Face, is a dark Venetian fairytale presented as a large-scale portrait projection at the altar of a deconsecrated church.
Referencing the Italian folk-tale, the film is a tale across two worlds - with a bright, glittering and ordered upper world, and a warped, dirty, impoverished lower world - where the lure of wealth, power and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above.
In this short film, Rachel talks about her inspiration for the work, and invites us behind the scenes to see how she created the extraordinary cast of characters that feature in the work.