Guided Tours

Deer Dancer: Artist Talk by Hanna Tuulikki

Date: 19 September 2019

Time: 6-7pm

Price: Free

Please note this event is free but ticketed. You can book your place here.

Join us for a special artist talk by Hanna Tuulikki. This event will explore the ideas and inspiration behind Deer Dancer, a major solo exhibition commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers. Tuulikki will speak about her research into dances from around the world and their relationship to various ecologies, from the Caledonian pinewoods of Scotland and the royal deer forests of the British Isles, to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico. Discussing her process, she will share aspects of her multifaceted practice, focusing on her collaborations with traditon-bearers, academics, makers and performers.

Deer Dancer investigates the mimesis of deer, specifically representations within dance from across cultures. The work examines how the imitation of deer behaviour constructs 'wilderness' as the site for the cultivation of hetero-masculinity in 'gender performance' and how hunting mythologies shape and impact real ecologies. Exploring these interconnections, Deer Dancer is an explicit, contemporary, life-crisis ritual for a damaged planet.