Image: Ella de Burca ' Sometimes its like being trapped in a snow globe Eblana' 2014 courtesy of the artist
Wyspa Institute of Art / Wyspa Progress Foundation
Doki 1 / 145 B
80–958 Gdańsk, Poland
11 July – 15 September, 2014
OTHERWISE: Kennedy Browne, Marta Fernandez Calvo, Ella de Burca, Jesse Jones, Seamus Nolan, Elaine Raynolds.
Continuing the debates around the notion of Former West and the complex implications of the political and economic shifts post- 1989, the group show OTHERWISE aims to explore the geopolitical meaning of the term West in the context of migration and precarity within postindustrial societies.
OTHERWISE will investigate this sense of limitation and the restrictions derived from one’s geographical positioning and the struggles one faces upon entering the cycle of migration. It will focus on the conditions of contemporary workers and the rise of the precariat in the context of historical changes brought about by the events of 1989 in order to reflect on the short- lived potential of a common world free from the hegemony of any systems; the once- imagined possibility of things happening otherwise.
Should we agree that the West is exhausted as a political construct, then it must also be acknowledged that it remains in force as a geographical configuration, with migration as the movement which nowadays reinforces its format. Though technically the physical and ideological borders between the former East and the West were lifted in 1989, the real freedom of movement and access to the labour market is still restricted. EU agencies such as Frontex have been established to reinforce the borders between the EU and non- EU countries, thus creating a new East and West division.
Curator: MARYSIA WIĘCKIEWICZ- CARROLL
THE EXHIBITION WILL BE ON VIEW BETWEEN JUNE 11 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15, 2014.
THE EXHIBITION IS A PART OF THE ALTERNATIVA 2014 FRAMEWORK.
ELLA DE BURCA’s creative output focuses on sculptural responses to the themes of language, gravity, labour and performance. Starting from a subjective vantage point, she works outwards to encompass local and global constellations of interpretation and relevance.
She works mainly with objects and poems, although it should be stated that she considers these poems to take form as objects in themselves, occupying a page or a wall in a way that refers to their own physicality. Usually working in response to immediate surroundings, de Burca views exhibition making as the physical manifestation of the thought processes inspired by being present in a place. In questioning of the experience and potential of an art piece, she plays with form and line to overlap historical consciousness with live visual awareness.
Group shows include ‘Slow Future’ Centre for Contemproary Art Ujazdowski Castle’ Warsaw 2014, Crampographies’ KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin 2014, Rebuilding Utopia The Emergency Pavilion at The 53rd Venice Biennale 2013, Playing Nature, special project at The 5th Moscow Biennale 2013, and Vienna Art Fair 2013, both curated by Katia Kruppenikova, Dublin Contemporary 2011, Out on a Boat Were a Group of People Singing at The Lab 2011, Disavow at The Joinery 2011 and the cloud at Draiocht in 2010
Solo shows include:
Haha Harcourt Street, ArtLot Dublin, 2013
Illuminating Kunstholes at Coffre- Fort, Brussels, Belgium, 2013,
Aviary Asterism at Air Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium 2012,
DeFacto, Springbreak Gallery, Miami, The Reality Show, The Banff Centre, Canada 2011,
Duino, Place Gallery, Wexford and Silent Vibrations at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art 2010.
De Burca was the recipient of the Evelyn Wood Memorial Award (The Banff Centre) in 2011, as well as the Amharc Fhinne Ghall Award (Fingal County Council) in 2010. She has also received the Travel and Training Award from The Irish Arts Council in 2011 and 2010, and has been the recipient of an Arts grant from Fingal County Council and Culture Ireland in 2013. In 2006 de Burca won the Samuel Beckett Centenary Award. In 2014 de Burca was the recipient of an arts bursary from The Irish Arts Council.
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