When all is said and done
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery
6 - 21 November 2015
Opening Reception Thursday 6 November, 6pm
CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery and Kinsale Arts Festival and are delighted to present a solo show by Laura Smith, winner of the emerging artist award Now Wakes the Sea 2014.
Shut, block, seal, brick up….
Through a variety of media and both fictional and factual narratives, When all is said and done investigates restrictions within the socio-political relationship and the implications these can have on individuals, specifically focusing on moments when governance directly contradicts ideologies of human freedoms. Through constructing staged scenes and resurrecting dialogues surrounding specific histories, ‘When all is said and done’ addresses the residue history leaves on the present.
“There exists a pronounced dialogue within my work with social, political and cultural contexts placing particular focus on moments of social disruption and transformation. Often looking to history to compare and address the impossibility of coherently identifying the realities of contemporary Western political and social life.
Working in moving image, my work aims to addresses the contradictions that exist within the west’s political paradigm democracy. Through a combination of narrative, attention to site, documentary and staged actions, these vignettes critique the political framework and explore the tensions that exist between society and the political.”
Laura Smith (b. 1986) is a visual artist working in moving image. Smith was recently awarded the Now Wakes the Sea Emerging Artist Award at the Kinsale Arts Festival, 2014, which has resulted in this solo show in CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery.
Smith will also exhibit as part of Tulca 2015, curated by Mary Cremin. Previous exhibitions include LUX critical forum Dublin; group show How does the group function in Enclave, London; and Annie Fletcher’s curated Eva International, After the Future, 2012.