Lens-based works by Irish artists
Curated by visual artist Andrew Duggan, P R O C L A M A T I O N, the art project, presents new lens-based and moving-image works by leading figures in Irish visual art, dance and performance in key international and national cultural spaces, engaging with the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Through a series of exhibitions, outdoor projections, artists talks and performances, new works by key artists critically reflect on the centenary and offer contemporary artistic responses to ideas of place, language, equality and identity, inherent in the 1916 Proclamation of an Irish Republic.
Throughout 2016, the works are being presented internationally at The Irish Arts Centre, New York, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, The London Irish Centre, London and The EU Committee of the Regions, Brussels and in Ireland at The National Gallery of Ireland, The Gallery of Photography.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Tipperary County Museum. Proclamation is supported by Culture Ireland
Plus ça Change
Plus ça Change pits two fundamental human conditions against each other: the resigned acknowledgment of the fundamental immutability of human nature and the enduring desire to effect change through praxis. Through the woman’s repetitive and recursive action of simultaneously removing and adding to two piles of building rubble, Plus ça Change metaphysically meditates on the paradox of change.
“A piece entitled ‘Plus ça Change’, as part of a project called Proclamation incites us to think about whether a Proclamation changes everything and/or keeps things the same. It promotes reflection both by context and integrity. When we see this work in the context of Ireland 2016 we also have to think about the relations between words and images as resources for reflection. Turning to the integrity of the piece, there is a poise and formal balance in the work. The video is from a restrained palette and this selection gives me the pleasure of thinking about your choice. The division into frames within the image is an arresting way of representing movement. And the piles that are made, removed, and re-made dramatise the tension between Proclamation and Plus ça change. There may even be something wonderful about a making that actually did lead to nothing rather than the ones that lead to so much destruction. Perhaps making should start with the Hippocratic oath – to do no harm.”
- Gerry Kearns, Professor of Human Geography, Maynooth University
About the artists:
Andrew Duggan is an Irish artist whose video works, installations and curatorial projects explore the complex relationships between self, memory and place. Together with photographer Siobhan Dempsey they create arresting film works finding new connections between constructed or imagined spaces and trace histories.
A thing is a thing is a thing is something else
The film A thing is a thing… draws its substance from a 15 minutes work performed at Dublin GPO as part of the commission commemorating the centennial of the Irish Proclamation of independence. The piece is a slightly absurd representation of our attempts to keep control or move forward, often ending up in building barricades that are internal as much as they are external.
“A thing… makes a humorous statement on the status of personal and social revolution. While the word suggests both fundamental change and circling back to the starting point, an individual is piling objects between two trees. The barricade that arises in stop motion suggests timelessness and simultaneously refers to the comical dimension of silent films. The defensive stacking literally becomes a landmark that delineates time and space, between here/there, between before/after, one/another. As it becomes obvious that the barricade starts to separate a landscape from… itself, it evokes the frailty of human attempts to alter the course of things.
The film suggests a correspondence between individual attempts to impose change to one’s own flesh and the attempts made by revolutionaries to trigger social change through a written proclamation: it evokes the inertia that personal and collective memories, constitutive of our own flesh, and constitutive of social structures, oppose to change. As the woman accumulates objects on the barricade she just seems to do more of the same, before wrapping it up with fabric: an attempt to temporarily define shape and unity, and to take a stance deemed valuable.”
About the artists:
Jazmin Chiodi and Alexandre Iseli are co-founders and directors of Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company, dedicated to contemporary dance creation and collaboration with other artists. They are also founders and directors of the international festival Tipperary Dance Platform.
In collaboration with the film maker Kevin Abosch, Olwen Fouéré presents Cassandra: fragments of a playscript written by Anne Enright and filmed in the corridors of IMMA Earlsfort Terrace during the presentation of Cassandra’s Necklace by Alice Maher in 2012.
About the Artist:
Olwen Fouéré is an actor, director and creative artist.
Anthony Haughey’s Manifesto explores notions of contested citizenship, reflecting the idealism and egalitarianism of a republic composed of equal citizens, imagined by Connolly, Pearse and the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation: ‘The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities for all its citizens’. The film is supported by an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Projects Award.
About the artist:
Anthony Haughey is an artist and a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Recent exhibitions include, Uncovering History, Kuunsthaus Graz, Excavation, Limerick City Gallery and Making History, Colombo Art Biennale. Throughout 2016 he will produce a series of artist and curatorial projects exploring the nation state and contemporary modes of citizenship.
This work for PROCLAMATION is drawn from an ongoing project that explores the significance and status, today, of a plot of family land in County Donegal, Ireland.
About the artists:
Frances Hegarty (Ireland) and Andrew Stones (UK) have worked collaboratively since presenting the multi-site neon work “For Dublin” in 1998. Their video work for PROCLAMATION is drawn from an ongoing project that explores the significance and status, today, of a plot of family land in County Donegal.
About the artist:
Nigel Rolfe is recognized as a seminal figure in performance art, in its history and among current world practitioners. Born in the Isle of Wight in 1950, Rolfe has lived and worked in Dublin, Ireland since 1974. He has worked intensively and made significant contributions as an artist, curator, activist and scholar. Rolfe is an elected member of the Irish association of artists, Aosdana. His work—spanning live performance, photography, video and sound—has received international acclaim and has been presented in five continents, in more than 30 countries.
Choreographer John Scott and multimedia/interdisciplinary artist Jason Akira Somma’s film Proclamation places fragments of PH Pearse’s Irish Proclamation 1916 in the context of the current international migration crisis.
Set in a dreamscape of water as a place of birth, memory, dreams, death, and travel, the text fragments are danced, gasped, and spoken by six diverse individuals of different ethnicities. They express hope, a desire for freedom, and the wish for “cherishing all of the children.”
About the artist
John Scott is a Dublin choreographer and founder of Irish Modern Dance Theatre, with the aim of creating, commissioning and expanding dance experience in Ireland.
A series of lens-based works by leading figures in the Irish visual art, dance and performance world.