'Doesn't Belong to Anybody' Lambda print, 2010

Ruth Maclennan’s practice grapples with the relationship between the present, the only moment of experience—irreducibly subjective, visceral yet evanescent—and the linguistic and visual representations of memory that inform the present to create a necessary illusion of continuity. Her film installations, performances and bookworks disrupt and question this illusion and the ideas of history and identity that depend on it. She navigates a territory between fiction and documentary, using her own encounters and experiences of a place as a starting point to explore neglected moments, places and fragments of stories that might reveal the dislocation of the present, and the psychic, physical and political effects of rapid change.