Jo Killalea | Bryan Gerard Duffy| Conor O’Grady
Preview Thursday 21st April 6-8
Runs 22nd- 30th April | Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-6pm
100 years after the promise of universal equality within our Proclamation, why do economic, gender, social and political disparities still exist in contemporary Irish society?
The State We’re In at MART calls attention to issues affecting the modern social and political landscape in Ireland, through works by Mayo based artists Jo Killalea, Bryan Gerard Duffy and Conor O’Grady.
Referencing stereotypical notions of Irish nationalism, recent political inconsistencies, and a sense of collective anomie which has been voiced by generations of Irish people. These works point towards the lack of any meaningful representation of a cultural identity or ideology, especially in terms of the 100 years since 1916.
The title of the exhibition alludes to the common Irish colloquialism “the state of ya”. The work created by each artist, references a critical, satirical and politically aware commentary of the Irish State, taking into account particular examples of inequality and inequity within contemporary Irish society.
This critical political commentary is presented through a play between traditional and contemporary art practices, methodologies and display. Featuring appropriated moving imagery, sculptural media and performative actions.
The works of all three artists take as their main point of departure, the visual language evoked within twentieth century visual art movements such as Dadaism, and the forthcoming commemorations of events such as the Easter Rising.