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a year or more of darkness, a few hundred years without day

Nathan Coley, The Lamp of Sacrifice (286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh), 2004, cardboard, dimensions variable. Installation view, GOMA, Glasgow, 2014. Collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. Courtesy the artist
Alec Finlay explores the poetics and characteristics of an indigenous Scottish imaginary. The politics of 2014 began two days after the UK general election of 9 April 1992. Scotland voted left but the British electorate imposed a Conservative government. Scotland United, a left-wing umbrella group, called an impromptu rally in Glasgow’s George Square for 11 April. Around 5,000 people listened to speeches and sang Hamish Henderson’s anti-apartheid anthem, ‘Freedom Come-All-Ye’.  

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