NOTES is an artist-led Scottish periodical devoted to developing visual and critical discourses in contemporary photography. Its goals are to represent, examine and nurture Scottish photography thinking and practice through the creation of interdisciplinary and transnational connections.
A recurring conversation during our meetings has regarded the condition of photography concerned with identity and as such the performativity of the medium in the Scottish context. When we started developing our thoughts into a thematic concept for this issue we initially looked at performance from a broader perspective. But the more time we spent with the work and speaking to contributors, the more it transpired that our enquiry centres around the politics of the body itself. How artists render its physical relationships to the surroundings – private or public – and always in a sense political. The result is a voyage of bodily resistance, rights, and memories: what expectations such work holds and how it may be used for exploration, subversion, rituals, intimacy, taboos and excess.