Banner image: 'Harvesting' (2020) by Sasha Saben Callaghan. Image courtesy of the artist.

Affiliation with Shape: Sasha contributed to the Shape Open 2020: The Future is Loading.

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Sasha Saben Callaghan is an Edinburgh-based artist, writer, and disability rights campaigner. Her work employs collage techniques, iconographic imagery, and juxtaposition to unravel tensions and contradictions found within the politically-charged parameters of everyday life.

About 'Harvesting' (2020) which Sasha contributed to The Future is Loading...

One of the most horrible aspects of the pandemic has been the term ‘harvesting’ to describe the number of excess deaths. I wanted to reclaim the word and whilst the young man in this image may represent the ‘grim reaper’, the butterfly resting on the scythe he is holding symbolises immortality.

'Renewal' (2020) 

Like everyone else, Covid-19 has been uppermost in my thoughts for months and I wanted to show something positive emerging from it. I’ve used the image of this wee boy in my work several times – not just because I like it so much but because although he must have died decades ago, seeing him keeps his memory alive.

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