• 1st December 2011 − 4th March 2012 | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

In a major commission for the re-launch of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Graham Fagen has created a new moving-image work based on the theme of ‘the missing’.

Missing is a video work which is shown projected onto two screens. The first contemplates place, taking the viewer on a journey through Irvine New Town, Glasgow and London. Each location speaks about absence and anonymity in society. The second shows people at home, in domestic spaces, observing - via laptops, televisions and books - images of those who have gone missing, and perpetrators linked to high-profile disappearances.

This powerful and moving work explores how repeated, everyday familiarity with such images creates a distance between us and the people they portray, and the difficult issues they confront us with.

Graham Fagen is one of Scotland and the UK’s foremost contemporary artists. In video, performance, photography, sculpture and text, he creates works which explore how national or personal identity is both created by, and is a response to, its cultural context.

(Image: Video still from Missing, 2011, Two-screen HD projection, Graham Fagen, Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery)