The exhibition brings together a variety of contributions by Irish artists to the seemingly non-existent alternative of capitalism. Works inspired by the history of capitalism, documentary and utopian works are juxtaposed.
Ireland, with its high concentration of international tech and real estate companies, is – in comparison to Germany – more determined by turbo capitalism. Society benefits from this economic and social development, but also has to bear its negative consequences.
Part of the Irish national identity is the Great Famine of the mid-19th century, when millions starved to death or went into exile as a result of the catastrophic link between Manchester capitalism and the potato blight.
The exhibition venue, Schloss Britz, is located in Berlin-Neukölln, one of the world’s most vibrant sites for contemporary art, and offers itself as a place for artistic exchange. The fact that the estate, like all Prussian agricultural institutions, was affected by the potato blight around 1850, albeit to a lesser extent than in Ireland, provides a further link to the theme of the exhibition.
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Based between Dublin and Philadelphia Elaine Byrne works across media video, sculpture and photography. She has exhibited widely in Europe, Mexico and USA. She is the recipient of many awards such as Arte Laguna sculpture prize, Venice (2014), the Rubinstein fellowship at the Whitney ISP, New York (2015) and Graduate Scholarship award, Philadelphia (2023).
Sean Lynch lives and works in Askeaton, Ireland. Known for sculptures, video and installations that consider themes of public space, storytelling and history, he represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Prominent solo exhibitions include Edinburgh Art Festival (2021); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2019).
Nevan Lahart works in a wide variety of media: painting, sculpture, installation, video, animation and performance. His work baffleshalf-truths, subjective perceptions and human nature, whilstproblematising mediated images in a sometimes critical, sometimes disconcerting, always humorous way.
Under the direction of art historian, author and cultural manager Dr. Martin Steffens (previously director of 48 Hours Neukölln) the former mansion of Schloss Britz is developing a curatorial program for contemporary art that focuses on and engages in a dialogue with historical, artistic, and biographical aspects of the late 19th century (1880 – 1918), based on its own holdings.