In Spring/Summer 2014, artists Sanaa and Xenson joined us on an artistic pilgrimage from Uganda, hoping to unearth the legacy of Aberdeenshire born explorer, scientist and missionary to Uganda Alexander MacKay.
Alexander MacKay 's life and work has arguably had a lasting impact on the country of Uganda–Uganda today being a deeply religious country–yet his story is little known back in Scotland. Where in Uganda buildings and roads are named after him, in Rhynie his home town, there are only a few obscure traces of his life left. A legacy not without its problems, the life of MacKay is an interesting lens through which to investigate the spiritual and cultural divide between our country and that of modern day Africa. What does it mean for us to engage with such a legacy, is history itself at stake?