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39th EVA International (Phase 2)

Phase 2 of the 39th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, opens from July 2 – August 22, 2021. The programme features 14 presentations by Irish and international artists and collaborating curators, across venues in Limerick, remotely and online.  Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today.

Curated by Merve Elveren, the 2nd phase of the 39th EVA International’s Guest Programme, Little did they know, will extend across two venues in Limerick city (Park Point and Sailor’s Home) and via a dedicated online platform. The exhibition centres around two research projects; Asia Art Archives’ Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa) and Kosovo Oral History Initiative’s Reconciliation of Blood Feuds Campaign 1990-1991. Works by Diego Bruno, Barış Doğrusöz, Melanie Jackson & Esther Leslie, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Hana Miletić, Deirdre O’Mahony, Richard Proffitt, Mario Rizzi, and Aykan Safoğlu surround these archival-research presentations, allowing for broader dialogues between notions of home and uprooting, remembrance and forgetting, care and action.

The work by our future fellows Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho Notes on ”’The Angry Christ” (3), is part of an ongoing research-based project which revolves around the relationship between the religious mural known as “The Angry Christ” by the queer Filipino-American modernist Alfonso Ossorio and sugar production on the island of Negros in the Phillippines. In this iteration of the work developed for EVA International, the artists invited Limerick-based artists Fiona Gordon and Roibí O Rua to explore the resonance of the work in relation to their own experiences and local context.

When? Where?
2 July - 22 August 2021
Park Point & The Sailor’s Home
Dublin Rd, Castletroy & O’Curry Street
Limerick, Ireland

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