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Guest playlist – The Divine Sky by Sekai Machache

Sekai Machache is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Dundee. She is, without doubt, one the brightest and most exciting artists working in Scotland today. I first came across her work at Glasgow International Festival (GI) back in 2018 when she exhibited Musoro 2 as part of Yon Afro Collective.

Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing. Sekai works across a range of media including photography and film. This year she was back at GI with two exhibitions, Body of Land with Awuor Onyango at Streetlevel Photoworks and These Stories with Thulani Rachia at House for an Art Lover. Her film Hypnagogia Glossolalia is showing as part of this year’s Fringe Of Colour

The Divine Sky is an immersive multimedia installation, using poiesis, moving image, sound, photography, drawing and sculpture to tell a complicated history of lived and ancestral experience that sees Sekai reclaiming space both physical and psychic. It runs at Stills until 18 September as part of Edinburgh Arts Festival

image by Alan Dimmick

Sekai has kindly created a playlist for Bella Caledonia, the latest in a series of guest playlists by Scottish artists. Its an eclectic and brilliant choice of songs which I think captures the depth and range of her taste and outlook. We hope you enjoy it and, please get along to see her work wherever and whenever you can.

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