Freee - How to be Hospitable

How to be Hospitable is the new exhibition by Freee at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. Three new works have been commissioned for the exhibition. The titles of the works take positions on one of the key issues of the day: Fight Against Multiculturalism Commodifying Your Difference, Immigrants of the World Unite! and I am a Foreign Citizen; I am a Local Outsider; I am a Migrant Worker. Responding to the recent wave of Polish immigrant workers in the UK, and particularly in Edinburgh, Freee do not make works that address these issues in a thematic way – Polish experience is not the content of the work – rather they hope to trigger debate about the underlying issues of global capitalism that Polish immigration is part of. There will be three new billboard works displayed in and around Leith from Mon 24 Mar – Mon 7 Apr 2008. The gallery exhibition will open to the public on Sat 5 Apr 2008.

Private View 7 – 9pm on Fri 4 Apr 2008. How to Be Hospitable: Symposium, will take place on Saturday 5 April from 2- 5pm. Speakers include artist David Burrows, artist and writer Mark Hutchinson and Freee. Hutchinson will talk about slogans, drawing on the work of the linguist Jean Jacques Lecercle in the book The Violence of Language and in the essay Lenin the Just in the book Lenin Reloaded. In An art scene as big as the Ritz, Burrows will discuss three concepts - discursive formations, minor forms of expression and ‘partial objects’ - to explore art scenes and their audiences. Freee will address ideas of the counter public sphere as well as a critique of participation. Places are free but limited to 35 seats, so please book in advance via the Collective Gallery.

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