Alastair Cook
12 April 2015

Edinburgh, Scotland

I am an artist and curator. I work predominantly with video and photography to explore communities undergoing significant transformation and to consider the relationship between individuals and the landscapes they occupy. I am currently the artist in residence for Kaunas Photography Gallery, Lithuania, supported by Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

In Order to Win, You Must Expect to Win (2014-ongoing)

What began as a yearlong residency centred on the Scottish port town of Greenock has developed into a longer photographic investigation of this place and its people. One element of this is a series made with Greenock Boxing Club. Led by Danny Lee, who boxed at the 1960 Olympics with Muhammad Ali, and his inspirational son Danny Lee, the club is based in a Salvation Army church in Cartsdyke. Like much of post-industrial Britain, Cartsdyke is an area with difficult statistics on drugs, crime and mortality. With this work I want to tell the story of these boxers, the families who live here, struggle here, rejoice here.

In order to win, you must expect to win.

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