Rachel Maclean has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
The Glasgow-based video artist – whose work was among the key pieces at this spring's British Art Show 8 – will present a major new commission at next year's Biennale, as the centrepiece of a solo show curated by Hawick's Alchemy Film and Arts and the Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh.
Previous Scotland + Venice exhibiting artists include Graham Fagen, a 2013 group show from Duncan Campbell, Hayley Tompkins and Corin Sworn, Karla Black and Martin Boyce – read our archive of reviews and interviews from the Venice Biennale here.
Maclean described her selection for the Venice Biennale as “hugely exciting", saying: "I am honoured to be participating in such a significant international event and can't wait to get started on the new commission.” Amanda Catto, Chair of the Scotland + Venice Partnership behind the Maclean exhibition, said: "Rachel’s work is remarkable and has the power to captivate and enthral. The Biennale is a significant international platform that will bring Rachel’s work to new audiences, especially the large number of international visitors that come to Venice."
The 2017 Venice Biennale runs from 13 May to 26 November 2017; following its debut in Venice, Maclean's new work will be displayed at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in 2018.
Watch our video interview with Rachel Maclean below.