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Mapa Gaoil, detail

Mapa Gaol, detail


Mapa Gaol Mòintich

The map is inspired by conversations and verse about the àirigh and the moor being somewhere where young people travelled to from their villages and courted. In some places the àirigh territories from different parts of the island overlap and I have speculated on marriages founded on these summer trysts and journeys.
There are many Gaelic love songs dedicated to these encounters.
The names and locations of the places on the moor, once you know them, are as useful as a route map for leading you to where you want to go.

made by Jon Macleod

Jon Macleod is an artist and curator based in the Outer Hebrides. He works across art forms and borders exploring themes of language, culture and identity through a range of solitary and socially engaged strategies.