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Irish Energy

A group exhibition departing from Beuys' connections to Ireland, curated by Sheena Malone

8 March - 31 March


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Image: Shane Hynane, Bealtaine

Image: Shane Hynane, Bealtaine

Bringing together a selection of contemporary Irish artists, this exhibition’s departure point is the connections of the German artist Joseph Beuys to Ireland, which are crystallised in his eponymously titled sculptural work from 1974.

Curated by Sheena Malone and involving artists based in Ireland and Irish artists based in Germany, the exhibition expands on the topics of landscape, ecology, shamanism, magic, and the socio-political agency of the citizen central to Beuys’ historical practice, and still vibrant as concerns among a younger generation of Irish artists. Many of the artists presented engage through their art practices with common tropes associated with the Irish landscape and the figure of the person in the landscape, challenging these tropes critically and turning them over. Other artists continue Beuys’ investigations into transcendental forms of agency, either through the performative figure of the shaman, through temporary socio-political actions or through the extended sculptural metaphor of talismanic energy.

Participating artists: Myfanwy Frost-jones, Saidhbhín Gibson, Shane Hynan, Sheena Malone, Seoidín O’Sullivan, Laura Skehan, Ciarán Walsh

Sheena Malone is a visual arts practitioner based between Berlin and Kildare. A graduate of UCD and Stockholm University, in 2015 she was selected for CuratorLab at Konstfack Stockholm for a research programme investigating local Kildare folklore which led to the exhibition Seven for a Story and the festival of contemporary art and local history called Invisible Stories in Allenwood in 2017. In 2020, the Irish Embassy in Germany included her in their New Irish Creatives festival. Recent exhibitions include Spicebag at Backhaus Projects Berlin, The Bud on the Bough curated by Michael Fortune, Displacement and Belonging at Rua Red and a solo exhibition Déin Chéchts Porridge at the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge.


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