(Re)Public is an exhibition which engages with key issues, reflecting the complexity of 21st century Ireland and the dynamic and diverse arena of collaborative arts.
At this critical juncture when the centenary of Ireland’s struggle for self-determination is being celebrated, the exhibition (Re)Public will highlight the diverse practices of seven of Ireland’s leading socially engaged artist whose work engages in profound ways with different publics in exploring pressing social, political and environmental issues.
Their practices go to the heart of issues current in 21st century Ireland - hidden histories of state institutional abuse (Seamus Nolan) community identity in post conflict rural border regions (Marie Barrett/North 55), issues relating to natural cycles in time, climate change and its global effects (Sean Taylor and Mikael Fernström/Softday), the individual’s struggle for autonomy within the field of psychiatric medicine (Dylan Tighe) the importance of creative autonomy and independence for older people (Philippa Donnellan) and strategies of resistance that include artistic intervention, self-organisation, and collectivism (Megs Morley).
Organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, (Re)Public is an exhibition showcasing the work of seven leading socially engaged Irish artists at the Hyde Park Arts Centre, one of the longest established arts centre in Chicago.
Exact dates to be confirmed