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Anthony Haughey: Excavation
23 Jan 2015 - 13 Mar 2015
Anthony Haughey is an artist who explores contested territories in Ireland and Europe. In a premier for Limerick City Gallery of Art, Haughey returned to Bosnia to make a new film. UNresolved reflects on the twentieth anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica. Haughey presents a haunting memorial to the victims of the Bosnian war of 1992-95. The title relates to the UN Security Resolution 819, passed on the 16th April 1993 declaring Srebrenica as a ‘safe’ area for Muslim refugees – the prelude to what was the largest act of genocide in Europe since the holocaust. Following Haughey’s earlier work in Bosnia, between 1998-2002, he gained exclusive access to buildings and atrocity sites in Serb controlled territory, areas that have hitherto been off limits. Breaking the silence of this film is a recording of eyewitness accounts of massacre victims collated from archives such as Human Rights Watch and also directly from people encountered on research visits to Bosnia, with accounts of resistance and survival, testimonies from young Dutch soldiers who were serving in Srebrenica and conflicting accounts from UN personnel and Serb military commanders. The film explores ideological and political narratives informing this emerging and contested history. As Walter Benjamin stated, ‘articulating the past historically does not mean recognizing it ‘the way it really was.’ It means appropriating a memory as it flashes up in a moment of danger’ (1990).
24 Jan 2015 - 17 May 2015
VISUAL presents Cosmic Dust, a group exhibition looking at attempts to orient ourselves in the universe that maintains us. Gathering the ideas of artists, scientists and philosophers, Cosmic Dust explores ways in which art, science and the spiritual can combine to offer a deeper understanding of the metaphysical nature of existence. From our connection to the natural world to our place in the stars, the exhibition delves into humanity’s poetic attempts to build systems of thought, meaning and belonging in the face of a vast and unknowable universe.
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker
28 Nov 2014 - 4 May 2015
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have been working collaboratively in video, photography and sculpture since 1990. Their work invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on memory, place and cinema. Sound Speed Marker is their first exhibition in Ireland and will present their recently completed trilogy of films in a changing display from November 2014 through to Spring 2015. Each film interweaves and unpacks layers of cinema history.
7 Mar 2015 - 12 Apr 2015
Artist Lucy McKenna gives us a glimpse into her working process. Her work traces humanity’s various attempts to reconcile its position in the universe via scientific experiment, technological progress, ritual practice and folklore.
John Short: New Works
19 Mar 2015 - 18 Apr 2015
Short received a BA degree at the Edinburgh School of Art and an MA from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London and began his career as an illustrator where his work was in much demand from many diverse publications including Vogue, Harpers & Queen, The Irish Times, The Sunday Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Now based in Dalkey in south County Dublin, he divides his time solely between his teaching (John is a senior lecturer in Drawing & Image Making in the School of Art & Design in DIT) and his own painting. He is inspired by people, their activities and the way they behave – “It is fascinating’, he says, “to just sit and watch people, or, in fact, to watch people watching other people, and it’s that kind of observation that I bring to my painting”.
Prints from a Life
23 Jan 2015 - 13 Mar 2015
The Michael O’Connor Poster Collection is made up of approximately 2800 international posters; ephemeral and historical items dating from the late 1960’s to the early 1980’s. Michael O’Connor of Listowel, County Kerry, categorically amassed the collection over the course of 20 years, at great personal expense. He generously donated it to Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1989. This eclectic and personal collection grew alongside Michael O’Connor’s years, taking its shape from the line of his life.
The Watson Archive
1 Jan 2015 - 28 Mar 2015
This exhibition of designs and cartoons by James Watson & Son, a stained-glass studio that flourished in Youghal in the nineteenth & twentieth centuries, allows visitors to the Crawford Art Gallery to appreciate some of the challenges facing Ireland’s national cultural institutions today. The Watson Archive was acquired at auction in December 2014.