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.
Epigraphing Rathmines – Curated by Moran Been-noon
Celebrating the relationship between art, literary culture, and the life of the community in Rathmines, this experiment brings forward two cultural markers within the neighbourhood: the Rathmines Library and the MART art gallery and studios, and the public space between the two.
Poet Annemarie Ni Churreain and visual artist Steven Maybury will create a collaborative cultural situation in a day-long engagement with the Rathmines community. The artists will respond to the place and the community surrounding them while they work, to generate poetic (visual and literary) representations of the moment, the dialogue, and the location. This event will be performed in both the library and gallery spaces and is open to all community members, artists, and writers to become part of what is aimed to become a portrait of a situation. Come join our epigraphers!
Interpretative documentation of the Epigraphic work, by Abigail Denniston, will be presented during the reception at the gallery at 6.30 pm.
Order of events on Wed. 3rd of December:
12-6 pm – performing artwork & documentation
6.30-8 pm – documented outcome of the work presented in MART Gallery
Annemarie Ni Churreain
Annemarie Ní Churreáin is a poet from Donegal. Her writing often explores loss and reunion, drawing upon the sensuality of landscapes. In 2014, Annemarie was Literature Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart/Germany and Fall Writer In Residence at Jack Kerouac House Orlando/Florida. She has recently been awarded a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship/ Scotland and residencies at The Heinrich Böll Cottage Achill and the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Kerry. Annemarie is a co-founder of the Upstart Collective and a current member of The GoodHatchery Offaly. More Infohere .
What I do: I create work that reflects the beauty and the energy rooted in the rhythms and cycles of our surroundings, of our consciousness, and of our interrelationships with the world. My practice is primarily realised through drawing and sculptural and my influences recently have been from collecting materials and objects through personal encounters. This stumble upon approach of chance and circumstance is fundamental to my process of selection for source materials and objects to work with.
Abigail Denniston Photography: http://abigaildennistonphotography.weebly.com/
Printer and Printer programming courtesy of Tom O’Dea: http://iamtomodea.com/