An Instructional – Tour
Norway, United Kingdom, Slovak Republic, Germany, Ireland and USA
June – November 2010
“Manufactured objects raised to the dignity of works of art through the choice of the artist.” Breton
“An Instructional’ was MART’s first large travelling show devised around the ‘Readymade’ approach to art making. We invited artists to submit proposals of work that work uses materials, object’s and concepts influenced by the readymade and re-constructible. Curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, ‘The Instructional’ aim’s to re-invent the exhibition format with a unique interplay between artist, curator and artwork, challenging each role.
Mart has collated a dynamic collection of Video, Installation, Sound & Performance Visual Art work from contemporary Irish, British, European & North American Artists for ‘The Instructional’ Tour.
MART now has developed an extensive network of connections with contemporary visual art spaces globally and is bringing this inventive travelling show of Artists, all of whom have achieved individual success, to galleries across Europe and North America.
Galleries: Entree (Bergen, Norway), Shunt (London, England), Space (Bratislava, Slovak Republic), Stattbad (Berlin, Germany), Molesworth Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), The Lewis Art Gallery (Jackson, Mississippi, USA).
Artists: Barry Hughes, Darragh O’Callaghan, David Buckley, Emanuel Ross, Malina Cailan, Mischa Twitchin, Nicky Larkin, Peta Adderley, Ruth Le Gear, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Aine Phillips, Ane Sagatun, Alison Slack, Cian McConn, Eve Vaughan, Joan Healy, Lousice Ward, Katherine Nolan, Martinka Bobrikova and Oscar De Carmen, Rose Mburu, Adam Gibney, Chris Johnsen, Oyvind Neass, Ciara Scanlan, Clodagh Lavelle, Colleen Keough, Debbie Jenkinson, Eleanor Lawler, Emma Wade, Ivan Twohig, James L. Hayes, Jim Ricks, Matthew Nevin, Noel Molloy, Sabina Mac Mahon, Sofie Losher and Stephen Woods.
This Tour was kindly supported by Culture Ireland.
For the US leg of the tour, MART is sponsored in part by an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Initiative for Fine Arts Collaborations at Millsaps College.
Freedom of Movement
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani
Curated by Deirdre Morrissey supported by Directors Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.
The exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, an IMMA Production Residency, Goethe Institut Dublin and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
Opening reception: Thurs 24 August 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues: 25 Aug – 22 Sept 2017
Gallery Open: Tues – Sat, 1pm -6pm
The MART Gallery’s curatorial vision for 2017 is to select artists who work under the parameters of risk and political agitation, creating powerful, informative and experimental work. We are delighted to present ‘Freedom of Movement’ an exhibition of film work by renowned German artists Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani.
MART first introduced the work of Fischer & el Sani to Ireland in 2014 when the artists presented film works ‘Narita Field Trip’ and ‘Spelling Dystopia’ in an exhibition curated by Barry Kehoe. Both pieces were created when the artists were Associate Professors at the School of Art and Design in Sapporo City University in Japan and explored tensions that arise between the forces of globalisation and specific local narratives.
Always keen to build upon established relationships with international artists, MART has invited Fischer and El Sani back to Dublin for the presentation of two recent film installations ‘Identity’s Rule of Three’ (2015) and ‘Freedom of Movement’ (2017) These films pose questions on various aspects of human identity and society, the limits of geographical, artistic and social structure, and race relations.
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani are visual artists and directors who have worked collaboratively since the 1990s and both live and work in Berlin. Through their work they have explored narratives in various sites around the world juxtaposing hidden histories with the lived experiences of contemporary society and questioning cultural perspectives
Fischer & el Sani have participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Seoul Media City Bienniale (2014, 2012), Aichi Triennale (2013), Curitiba Biennale (2013), the Istanbul Biennale (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008, 2002, 1995), the Sydney Biennale (2002), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002), Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999).
Their solo shows have been hosted by, among others: Maxxi Museum, Rome (2017), K21 – Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2016), MART, Dublin (2014), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife (2013), the Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2012), the Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse, Austin (2012), the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2010), Kunsthaus Glarus (2009), the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2007), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (2005), Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1998)
HD, colour, stereo, 20 min., 2015
An animated film that seizes the highly controversial debate around the planned presentation of ethnological collections in the reconstructed Berlin City Castle as an opportunity to envision a different future. Playful and yet serious, it explores questions of authenticity and identity of the individuum, art, architecture and society.
Identity’s Rule of Three is a collaborative work of Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani and Bertold Stallmach.
3 channel video installation, HD, 9:45 min, 2017
Evoking the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila conquered the African continent’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and a symbol of an Africa that is freeing itself of colonialism, Fischer & el Sani have recontextualised amidst Rome’s rationalist architecture, a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to their “freedom of movement”, also understood as the possibility of being welcomed in another country.