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Polygraphs is a group exhibition exploring truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world. Centred around Abstract (2012), a two-channel video work by Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, gifted to Glasgow Museums’ collection last year, the exhibition is drawn entirely from Glasgow Museums’ collection.


Abstract, 2012 Hito Steyerl Two channel HD video with sound 7 minutes, 30 seconds Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that culture is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses. Thus, Abstract provides a frame through which to encounter other artists interested in interrogating dominant historical narratives and our relationships to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism.

Polygraphs reflects GoMA’s long-standing interest in research and evidence based documentary artworks. The exhibition includes works from the last 100 years and poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they represent. By re-displaying older works alongside more recent pieces the exhibition reactivates truths and fictions still relevant today.



The resource space and public programme for Polygraphs has been developed in conjunction with graphic designer Neil McGuire and Cyber-Crannog

Note: Abstract was presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015. It marks the first work by Hito Steyerl to enter a public collection in the UK

ARTISTS: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Muirhead Bone, Boyle Family, Gerard Byrne, Graham Fagen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Beth Forde, Alasdair Gray, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hockney, Wyndham Lewis, Peter Kennard, kennardphillips, Barbara Kruger, Scott Myles, Anthony Schrag and Hito Steyerl


As part of GoMA’s work within Glasgow Museums we are involved in conversations and discussions with other peers across the wider museums sector. Last year Victoria Hollows, Contemporary Arts and Museum Manager at GoMA, was asked by Bernadette Lynch to submit a paper to a publication she was guest editing. This Special Issue of Museum Management and Curatorship: ‘Working through conflict in museums’ is now available and there is more information over on the blog ‘I Object!: Working through Conflict in Museums’.

Victoria’s paper is called ‘The performance of internal conflict and the art of activism’ and there is also another paper in the publication from our colleagues Aileen Strachan and Lyndsey Mackay over in the Curious team called ‘Veiled practice: reflecting on collaborative exhibition development through the journey of one potentially contentious object’.

Objects In Conflict

We are very happy to report that Taylor and Francis have just published the Special Issue of Museum Management and Curatorship: ‘Working through conflict in museums: Museums, objects and participatory democracy’, that I had the great pleasure of editing. It is now available to order online:

It is based on the project, ‘I Object! Working through conflict in museums’, involving three museum services across the UK last year.

Following eighteen month’s hard work for all involved, the publication is something to celebrate! It should be noted that all six papers in this internationally peer-reviewed, special issue not only deal with difficult, sensitive subject matter, and challenging relations in the museum, proposing new and exciting methdologies, but were written by busy museum professionals from Glasgow, Tyne and Wear and UCL museums. It is an excellent example of critical (often self-critical) reflective practice.

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