Ireland's Eye

17 March 2022
Overview

Six artists, Anishta Chooramun, Jamie Cross, Louis Haugh, Vanessa Jones, Bara Palcik and Ciara Roche, from Mauritius, Cavan, Dublin, Tennessee, the Czech Republic, and Wexford respectively.     

 

Six artists whose artistic talents were forged in the postgraduate Fine Art studies in Dublin, Ireland.  

 

Using a variety of artistic approaches, these six emerging artists grapple with fundamental questions that confront us all, such as, what defines our individual and collective identities, and whether childhood memories, objects from our past, gendered bodies, parenthood or a sense of place and ‘home’ shape who we are. In this exhibition, these six artists explore how we represent ourselves in a ‘place’ like Ireland.  

 

Perched between the European and American continents on the edge of the wild Atlantic, throughout history the island of Ireland has made significant contributions to the worlds of knowledge, culture and entertainment. From this vantage point, Ireland is a uniquely placed to ‘keep an eye on things’ in an ever-changing world. And from those observations, the people of Ireland have shaped an independent, inventive and creative place.

 

Mata Irlandia, or ‘Ireland’s Eye’, is a new exhibition exploring the idea of the visual arts as a critical ‘eye’ on an increasingly connected, yet polarising world. Ireland’s recent history has much in common with Indonesia’s journey to independence. In Ireland, the revolutionary poets and writers helped to imagine the new nation into being, while in Indonesia, the visual artists played a central role in envisioning a singular nation born from the myriad colonial and archipelagic histories and cultures. Today, the island nations of Ireland and Indonesia share in common a deep sense of cultural and artistic identity that is manifested in many forms, from singing and dancing, to cloth weaving and urban art.

 

These six emergent artists bring a nuanced and fresh approach to these questions of individuality and globalization, history and identity, and how artists make work about themselves and the places they call ‘home’ in the 21st century.

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