Thomson & Craighead

Unit 2: former ‘Saffron’

In Unit 2 we will be screening ‘Saffron’ by Thomson & Craighead, a documentary portrait of Kasia Pogo who ran the world food shop from this space. Kasia sold a dizzying array of specialist foods from the four corners of the world to her customers visiting the shop from all over the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Kasia is the bridge between a network of global trade and a diverse clientele making their pilgrimages to her shop - whether they are recent immigrants to the region in search of comfort foods from home, or Scottish born and bred food explorers of world cuisines. In this short film the artists explore just who comes to the shop and why in a bid to reveal an intersectional map of sorts that represents something of the region’s often hidden diversity. Part portrait of Kasia herself, and part landscape and map of her clientele, this documentary artwork will seek to offer a unique view of the Highland region where foods from all over the world become touchstones between covalent cultures thriving and surviving in the Scottish Highlands.

Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space, using technology as a means to reformulate fundamental human questions for contemporary times. Thomson & Craighead have shown extensively at galleries, film festivals and for site-specific commissions in the UK and internationally. Venues include: the British Film Institute, London; SPACE, London; FACT, Liverpool; DCA Dundee Contemporary Arts; bitforms, New York; New Museum, New York; and the Berkeley Art Museum, California.

Image credit: Saffron, Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead, (detail) film still, 2018, commissioned by Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

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