Centenaries: Artists Destabilising Irish Histories
This has been dubbed the decade of centenaries in Ireland: 2013 marked 100 years since the Dublin lockout; this year is a century since the Easter Rising; and 2022 will be the centenary of the Irish Free State.
Reflecting on this historic timeframe, IMA Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have curated a program especially for Brisbane Festival’s focus on Ireland: recent video works by artists from the Republic and North of Ireland that shift and destabilise accepted versions of the last 100 years of Irish history.
This event will also mark the launch of The Other North, the artist book by Dublin-based Jesse Jones, selected to represent Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale next year.
Free exhibitions showing concurrently at IMA - www.ima.org.au
VERNON AH KEE: INAUGURAL COURTYARD COMMISSION
Brisbane-based Indigenous artist Vernon Ah Kee, whose internationally-acclaimed work is a constant and provocative investigation of race, ideology and politics, will unveil a monumental text-based work that addresses the cityscape on a scale that is unprecedented in the artist’s practice.
Showing from 30 July onwards.
LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON: MISADVENTURE
Thompson is one of New Zealand’s most exciting young artists. Shown across three galleries, his large-scale, ready-made sculptures and first-ever film, commissioned by the IMA, address instances where life has been threatened or lost through racialised violence.
Showing 30 July – 8 October.
MARYAM JAFRI: INDEPENDENCE DAY 1934–1975
Pakistani-born Maryam Jafri is an artist who works across media and genres. The exhibition focuses on her ongoing photographic series Independence Day 1934–1975, containing a vast body of historical images that depict the very first Independence Day ceremonies held in Asian, Middle Eastern, and African Nations.
Showing 30 July – 8 October
Centenaries is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.