Two CCAD graduates in this years EVA Internation 2016

11 April, 2016

EVA International is Ireland's Biennial of Contemporary Art.


2016 is a meaningful year for Ireland as it marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule. Responding to the context of the centenary, EVA International 2016 curated by Koyo Kouoh will be entitled Still (the) Barbarians and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated.

The biennial programme will address artistic, architectural, literary and critical positions that interpret colonial effects on the psyche, landscape and imagination, and that continue to shape our present condition. Diasporic dispersions caused by invasive disruptions of social, cultural, religious and political orders have long been subject matter for artists, writers, filmmakers, architects, scientists and activists. Coinciding with the centenary of the Easter Rising, Still (the) Barbarians aims to draw a concentric artistic and political cartography, mapping the conflations and confines of the global post-colonial typology with Ireland as its central starting point. 

The convecting discourses on racism as a foundational and enduring system for exclusion and exploitation will appear throughout the biennial as the framework on which to build contemporary fictions and future utopias of togetherness. Still (the) Barbarians will further examine the relationships between the various forms of mental, physical and institutional decolonization across the world in comparison to Ireland as the primary testing territory of Western colonization systems before their expansion to the global map. Informed by the longstanding and persistent unease with forms of subjugation, alienation, humiliation and dispossession and their inevitable result in war and terror, the curatorial project wishes to engage with practices displaying aesthetics of subversion, transcendence and reappropriation.

Commenting on her appointment and curatorial approach to Still (the) Barbarians, Koyo Kouoh said: "Ireland, which I consider the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, has always been a fixture in my thinking on the psychological and political effects a system designed to humiliate and alienate can have on peoples' souls. The coincidence of EVA 2016 with the centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising provides a welcome opportunity to engage artists and thinkers in this exciting discussion."

Alice Maher (b.1956, Ireland) is an artist who lives and works in Mayo, Ireland. Her multifaceted work comprises painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and film. She is represented by the David Nolan Gallery, New York (since 2001), and the Purdy Hicks Gallery London (since 2003). Her first major solo show, familiar was presented at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1994. That same year she represented Ireland at the São Paulo Biennale. Recent solo shows include: her thirty-year retrospective Becoming (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; The Music of Things (2009), Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Natural Artifice (2007), Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and Djanogly Art Centre, Nottingham; The Night Garden (2007), Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Portraits (2003 and 2004), Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, and Mestni Muzei Ljubljana; among many others. Recent group shows include: The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945 (2012) Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; Motion Capture (2012), Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Poetry beyond Text (2011), Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts. Maher has made many collaborative works over the years in theatre, dance, and performance, and continues to work with composer Trevor Knight. Her work can be seen in the collections of the Neuberger Museum, the Hammond Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Georges Pompidou Centre, Irish Museum of Modern Art, British Museum, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Crawford Gallery, and the Fogg Museum.


Chaplet, 2003, 61cm × 61cm, Lambda print, edition of 4., private photography courtesy of Kate Horgan. image courtesy of the artist

Amanda Rice (b. 1985, Ireland) is a visual artist based in Ireland. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Crawford College of Art, Cork, in 2008. She has been selected for both national and international group shows including: Doreimefasolasido (2015), Merzbarn, UK; Restless (2015), 126, Galway, Ireland; Perception (2014), Flux Factory, New York; and Cutting a Door (2012), Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai. Her solo exhibitions include: The Site Where a Future Never Took Place (2015), Ballina Arts Centre, Ireland, and A Spectacular Form of Amnesia (2013), Kunstraum Arcade, Vienna. In 2015 Rice was resident artist in the geology department at Trinity College Dublin, in association with and commissioned by Offaly County Council. In 2014, she was selected to participate in Welcome to the Neighbourhood, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick. Recent awards include the Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award (2014, 2012, 2011), and the Culture Ireland Award (2013, 2011).

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