Celebrating the bond of human experience

Some of the work created in Malawi is now part of the 'I Love Scolawi' exhibition in Rothes Halls

Some of the work created in Malawi is now part of the 'I Love Scolawi' exhibition in Rothes Halls

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A unique art collaboration between Auchtermuchty and Blantyre, Malawi, has culminated in an exhibition at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.

Auchtermuchty-based artist Jenni Gudgeon embarked on the project – called ‘I Love Scolawi’ – earlier this year, with the aim of celebrating the growing partnership between the two countries and highlighting the common bond of human experience.

As well as running workshops in the Howe, she also travelled to Malawi to teach people there how to etch designs on to photographs to create double images.

The idea was for adults and children in both countries to etch what they love about living in their country onto photographs that were taken in the other country - so Malawians etched onto Scottish photos and Scots etched onto Malawian photos.

The result is a stunning display of artwork that will be open to the public until December 19.

Also on show is a collection of Jenni’s own hand-etched photographs on the same theme, juxtaposing the landscape and cultures of Scotland and Malawi in her own unique style.

“One thing that profoundly affected me while I was in Malawi was how much the project meant to the people I met there, especially to the participants and to the people who organise the cultural events in the country,” said Jenni.

“It was a very humbling experience because I know that in Scotland I’m a small-time artist running the largest project of my life, while hoping that this project will produce effects on a number of levels both for me and for other people.”