About this artwork
This film uses Andrew O’Hagan’s book, ‘The Missing', as its starting point. Part-investigation, part-memoir, the book was prompted by the uncovering of the gruesome murders by Fred and Rosemary West the previous year, but it was also a journey into O’Hagan’s own Scottish childhood. Fagen and O’Hagan knew each other as teenagers in the New Town of Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. ‘Missing’ opens with the camera looking out over the Firth of Clyde and continues through Irvine and Glasgow, ending in London. There are references to the notorious serial killers Peter Tobin and ‘Bible John’, who met his victims in Glasgow’s Barrowlands Ballroom in the 1960s. A meditation on the themes of O’Hagan’s novel, the film deals with absence, loss and the impact of the missing on those who remain.
- title: Missing
- accession number: PGV 001
- artist: Graham FagenScottish (born 1966)
- gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art Two(In Storage)
- object type: Installation
- subject: Video Art
- materials: 1x external HDD, and 2x Secure Digital (SD) memory cards
- date created: 2011
- credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- copyright: © Graham Fagen
Graham Fagen is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists. In video, performance, photography, sculpture or text, he creates works which explore how national and personal identity is created by, and is a response to, their cultural contexts. Born in Glasgow, Fagen studied Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art from 1984-8, followed by Art and Architecture, at Kent Institute of Art & Design, from 1989-90. Alongside his own work, Fagen is a senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. Recent exhibitions include Scotland + Venice at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Cabbages in an Orchard, Glasgow School of Art (2014) and In Camera, Marseille (2013).