Talbot Rice Gallery

Rachel Maclean | Spite Your Face

24 February – 5 May 2018


Rachel Maclean in Spite Your Face
Rachel Maclean, Spite Your Face, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

Rachel Maclean 

Spite Your Face 


Following its world debut in Venice in 2017, Rachel Maclean's Spite Your Face returns to Scotland at Talbot Rice Gallery for its UK premiere. 


Referencing the Italian folk-tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, Maclean’s new commission offers a powerful critique of contemporary society, critiquing the underlying fears and desires that characterise the zeitgeist we find ourselves in today. Spite Your Face is a tale across two worlds - with a bright, glittering and ordered upper world, and a warped, dirty, impoverished lower world - where the lure of wealth, power and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above. 


Spite Your Face was commissioned by Alchemy Film and Arts, in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh.


Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland.