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13 February 2013

DJCAD students get nostalgic for new exhibition

The work of 25 artists who took part in a project exploring ideas of nostalgia will be shown at a new exhibition opening at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) tomorrow.

The two-part 'Relics of Attachment' project was initiated by a group of students from DJCAD who were interested in the concept. Relics of Attachment Part I took the form of a small exhibition of work by the group to introduce the project ideas and act as a talking point to get people involved in the second phase.

The work of the artists who responded is featured in Relics of Attachment Part II, which opens at the Cooper Gallery Project Space on Thursday, 14th February.

Lisa Gordon, a 3rd Year Art, Philosophy, Contemporary Practices student at DJCAD and a member of the team who have organised the exhibition, said, "We were overwhelmed by the number of people wanting to take part in this exhibition. We are very pleased with the great standard of work we have to show and are looking forward to seeing the final installation.

"The term nostalgia describes a sentimental longing for the past, often linking to a period or place with happy associations to the individual. In our common use of language, nostalgia sometimes includes an interest in past eras and their individual personalities and events, especially the "good old days" such as remembering a sudden image or a moment in one's childhood.

"We tend to relate to objects in their usefulness, as necessities or even as passing indulgencies. Personal relics, on the other hand, are objects divested of their original utility. They are embedded with an intimate narrative and significance, attached to personal microcosms."

Relics of Attachment Part II is an exhibition with works from a collection of artists from DJCAD who have been inspired by the idea of nostalgia. Opening on 14th February at 5pm, the exhibition will continue in the Cooper Gallery Project Space until the 2nd March.

Further information and images are available by contacting Lisa Gordon on l.x.gordon@dundee.ac.uk or 07796 698141.


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