Last chance to see SoulsINQUEST

24 Jun 2024

The SoulsINQUEST exhibition by INQUEST closes this Saturday 29 June at Platform - and is well worth a visit if you haven't managed along yet.

We're proud to have hosted such a powerful, thought provoking and important exhibition and associated series of events, workshops and screenings throughout June as part of Glasgow International Festival 2024, welcoming visitors, panel discussion members, groups and participants to our building.

We screened the The UK is Not Innocent - a 45-minute documentary film made by Rainbow Collective as part of INQUEST’s 40 Years heritage project - which was followed by a Q&A exploring the role of visual arts in campaigns for social and racial justice. The Q&A was chaired by Naomi Oppenheim (INQUEST) and  featured Rachel Hamada from Take One Action, photographer Sarah Booker , Simon Israel and Marcia Rigg who is a family campaigner and INQUEST Trustee. There was a strong turn out for the panel discission event with Lawyer Aamer Anwar, Sarah Armstrong from Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research / Glasgow University), Kadi Johnson who is the sister of Sheku Bayoh and INQUEST director Deborah Coles, who explained he current state of play, the impact of social and racial injustice and the power of resistance through the courts, parliament, media, universities and the importance of working alongside families bereaved by state violence.

We were delighted to host the Coalition Against Punishment and a group from Forum for Prison Abolition from Denmark, where Deborah Coles offered further insight into the project and the work they do.

It was also wonderful to receive a visit from Sisco where the group had a chance to meet photographer  Sarah Booker and some families involved in the project. The group feature in Beyond the Forbidden Gate, project by Joey Simons and Glasgow Sculpture Studios Learning + Engagement Programme as part of Glasgow International Festival.

There were also guided tours with Sarah Booker and an Abolitionist Futures zine making workshop with Glasgow Prisoner Solidarity which took place as part of the programme of events.

Linda Allan, family campaigner and mother of Katie who featured in the exhibition, summed up  the project in a powerful speech: “SoulsINQUEST is a novel and unique blend of the loved ones we’ve lost and the steely determination of some of the strongest families I have ever met, portrayed in some very special images. This exhibition is about the strength of individuals who are ‘bearing the unbearable’.

"It is about loss and grief but also about love and compassion and how families who “fully inhabit their grief” become forces of nature with the courage to publicly mourn and honour their loss. We have fought hard for almost 6 years seeking justice for Katie’s death and trying always to remember 16 year old William Lindsay."Until now, we have mostly, kept our personal grief separate from our campaigning, so sacred was that space. Participation in Souls INQUEST, meeting other families and sharing what only they can know has taught me that both are not necessarily parallel, but rather, interconnected – a double helix found in DNA.” [Lifted from INQUEST social media].

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