OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN opens a “WINDOW ON TWO CITIES”
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014
open saturday 11am – 5pm, sunday 12 – 5pm
22 Harcourt Terrace
As part of the Open House Dublin weekend, which runs from October 17-19 2014, the Irish Architecture Foundation is delighted to present international artist Varvara Shavrova’s ‘Window on Two Cities’ as a highlight of the weekend’s Open House Plus programme, which gives us an opportunity to present an alternative view of cities as created by artists, curators and social commentators.
Varvara Shavrova is a Russian artist who spent five years living and working in Beijing. This city, as complex as it is compelling, is the subject matter of most of her photography and filmed work. Now living and working in Ireland she has continued her interest in capturing life in cities, with a new body of work based on Dublin. In a gesture of friendship, predicated by industry and commerce, the two cities were twinned in 2012.
As unlikely twins, Beijing and Dublin are very different but they are connected by the fact that they are two cities in flux. Shavrova treats her subject matter in a similar stylistic way. She has transformed her photographs into three dimensions by creating light boxes, intensified by the sound installed directly next to them. The scenes in the case of Beijing is of a culture that is vanishing and in Dublin, it is of a culture becoming more and more present. Her approach is very considered and intimate. She is a voyeur, an anthropologist and a creative interpreter of ordinary life.
The installation, created especially for Open House, occupies multiple spaces in Broadstone Studios, built in 1879, it was a former retirement home for “Aged Governesses” and “Unmarried Ladies’ and situated on a terrace that is often cited as the only Regency terrace to exist in the country. In the principle reception room, Shavrova places her light boxes in a deceivingly casual way, occupying the room like former inhabitants; leaning, sitting and lying down. Shavrova has put much thought into the nature and physical attributes of the space. She uses the architectural features, the stairwell, the hall and the gaudy interior decoration, to generate the quiet theatre that plays out in her city portraits. Open House Dublin visitors will be treated to an experiential act that combines both art and architecture in content and manifestation.
Windows on Two Cities
The artist will be present on Saturday 18 October from 11.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 19 October from 12.00pm – 5.00pm.
Notes on the Artist:
Varvara Shavrova was born in Russia and studied at the Polygraphic Institute in Moscow. She left her hometown in 1989 and since then lived in the UK and Ireland. Shavrova spent 5 and a half years living and working in Beijing, and moved to Dublin, 4 years ago, where she is currently living, and sharing her studio time between Broadstone Studios in central Dublin and her own studio space in the village of Ballycastle in Co.Mayo, in the West of Ireland. Shavrova’s most recent project includes a film and a video and photography installation involving live performance with Peking Opera actors, currently on exhibition in the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Full OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN 2014 programme can be viewed at www.openhousedublin.com
FREE OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN MAPS will be available primarily in City Hall, Connolly Station and in Dublin City Libraries from Oct 1 but can also be found in various public locations around the city.
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