Bad Entertainment: National Galleries Scotland

Bad Entertainment was an exhibition on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh which was created and curated entirely by young people. A group of teens from the Highlands visited the show in Feb 16 & here Jamie gives us an insight into what he thought about it…

I think…

We all have our masks that we wear. Every last one of us has at some point had a sudden realisation they are not telling the truth about who they are as a person, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If everyone were to know who we were, then there wouldn’t be any curiosity as to who a person is. Nobody would try to get to know you so badly, if they already knew who you were. So by designing a system (the masks) that allows us to express how we feel we are, it creates a small sighting to a person with plenty of room to wonder.

Behind this mask, that I designed, I felt I could be anything, and myself – which is why I wore it around Edinburgh, because no one saw who I was, but they wondered, they remembered me more than the other ten thousand people they saw that day, and although they don’t know who I am, or what I sound like, but they remembered the mask. This is what impacted me when I saw all the work that Bad Entertainment did with the masks, its left a little bit of joy in me – that people can find something that lets them, freely be themselves and not be scared to express themselves. This project is ineffable.

Bad Entertainment is displayed at the National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street until May 2016.  To find out more or to see trailers on the projects concept and development, please visit www.nationalgalleries.org