Title: Polygraphs
Date: 17 February 2017 – 20 May 2018
Space: Gallery 4

Polygraphs is a group exhibition, centred around Abstract by Hito Steyerl – a gift from the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund 2016. Polygraphs explored truth, fiction and evidence in a complex world.  Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses.

Polygraphs is drawn from Glasgow Museums’ Collection and includes artists who interrogate dominant historical narratives about our connections to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism. It poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they reflect and by redisplaying 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​

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


Polygraphs, Neil Cooper, Scottish Art News Scottish Art News coverage

Ali Macgilp, ‘Polygraphs at Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow’, Contemporary Art Society, 24 February 2017

The Skinny, Adam Benmakhlouf, 4 September 

Jan Patience, ‘The art of truth and lies’, Sunday Herald, 25 February 2017

Susan Mansfield, ‘Art review: Polygraphs at GoMA’, The Scotsman, 6 March 2017

qmunicate, ‘Arts Review – Polygraphs: Truths, Evidence and the Authentic Voice’

Audrey Summers, ‘Shots and Countershots: GoMA’s Polygraphs exhibition’, Glasgow Guardian, 21 March 2017

Catriona Stewart, ‘Comic books to fairgrounds – Glasgow museums has the lot in 2017’, Evening Times, 3 January 2017

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