Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.
Painters May Murad (Gaza) and Rachel Ashton (Huntly) will digitally collaborate throughout 2017 to plan the 2018 Slow Marathons in their respective places.
The project takes place in the centenary year of the end of WW1 - at a time when there is ongoing war and mass migration in the world.
We are now in our 7th year of organising the annual Slow Marathon in Huntly, every year finding a new route across the green country side. In 2018 we will celebrate one hundred years since of the end of WW1, which makes us think about other places that were involved in this conflict. The Palestinian territory of Gaza was occupied 1918 by the UK government after the end of WW1, and its history has since been shaped by this event. It is of exact marathon length (26 miles/42k) with walls at each end.
Throughout the year the artists will be engaging digitally through image and video, sketches and text to share their very different respective landscapes.
Drawing on the botanical collections of pacifist Rosa Luxemburg – whose jotters created whilst imprisoned act as a legacy of her work - the artists will catalogue the variety and uses of the wild plants that grow in their different climates. They will do this while walking out sections of the route to determine terrain and distance. Together they will document their journeys and share their ideas and findings, both in and outside their studios, to produce work for the tandem marathon walks. Through this partnership we will find out how we can collaborate artistically and socially despite restrictive political situations.