Two Group Exhibitions of Visual Artists working with MART. Curated by Aoife Giles & Ciara Scanlan Assisted by: Matthew Nevin
Photographs by Aoife Giles
SHOW 1 in Gallery 2 at Rua Red as part of Glitch Festival.
Show Runs July 16 – August 6 , Mon to Sat, 10am – 6pm.
Artists: Debbie Jenkinson, Nicky Teegan, Colleen Keough, Eleanor Lawlor, Darragh O’Callaghan,
Emanuel Rohss, Emma Wade, Ane Sagatun, Laragh Pitman, Darragh O’Callaghan.
“Freedom is the consciousness of necessity” Marx
In this time of socio-political upheaval are we on the precipice of a new way forward? Now more than ever artists have the power to step out side the system and utilise their power to transform the cityscape, whether it through intervention, subtle takes overs or insertion into the public consciousness. Freedom of the City references the medieval concept of “free status”. The recipient enjoyed privileges such as the right to trade and own property, and protection within the town. This tradition is especially popular in America-a place of Irish immigration to present day. MART are embarking on a 3 city tour with ‘Invite or Reject’ an exhibition exploring the preconception of Irish immigrants of the ‘American Dream’ versus the too often reality of rejection. The juxtaposition of the the US tour and the ‘Freedom to the city’ is poignant. Ireland being a relatively young independent state where ‘freedom’ is a powerful word in its history. The current economic crisis has placed our identity under scrutiny as we question our “Free Status”. The ‘Freedom to the City’ show in Rua Red is the ‘Homebase’ for the USA tour. The Artworks here are rooted in our right to stay,and to leave, our right to excel and our right to Freedom of The city!