Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last week

Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last week

Jesse Jones exhibition opened at the 57th International Art Exhibition last week

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD  announced that Jesse Jones has been chosen to represent Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.

With a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones is creating an artwork entitled Tremble Tremble which she describes as a ‘bewitching’ of the judicial system. The title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted: ‘Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)’ Jones is collaborating with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, and sound artist Susan Stenger, who are together creating an artwork that extends across the pavilion as an expanded form of cinema.

Speaking at the launch Minister Humphreys said:

“Jesse Jones joins a list of outstanding artists who have represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, many of whom have gone on to achieve major international reputations. I know Jesse already has a global reputation and I hope that her exhibition at Venice, Tremble Tremble, will attract the international interest it deserves and increase her international opportunities"

“The Venice Biennale has for a century held its place as the most important international showcase for visual arts and in recent years has attracted some 400,000 visitors, representing a huge opportunity for Irish artists. The Venice Biennale represents Culture Ireland's largest financial commitment to international showcasing of visual arts and the Arts Council's largest commitment to developing visual artists' international practice.”

Tessa Giblin, the Curator of this year’s exhibition says:

“Working with Jesse Jones this last year as we’ve built the project towards Venice has been working with an artist whose eclectic research seems to be somehow pouring into the Pavilion.  Many artworks are made and refined in the security of a studio or editing suite, but Tremble Tremble will be edited and mixed on site, in the room, really like an expanded form of cinema. Tremble Tremble is really presenting us with a work that’s embedded in research and historical findings, but is also a very personal, fantastical creation."

Jesse Jones has been researching the ways in which the law transmits memory between generations and over time. Her research weaves between an archeological dig of a 3.5 million year old female specimen, to the suppressed voices of the witch trials of the 16th century Europe, the symphysiotomy trials, and abortion legislation in Ireland today. The new world order to be found in Tremble Tremble churns testimony, published statements and new lyrics into a towering bodily incantation.

Since 2005 Culture Ireland and the Arts Council have partnered on supporting Ireland's representation at Venice given the ongoing platform it offers artists to reach an international audience, including curators and gallerists of close to 100,000 as well as its significance for the artists' and curators' development.

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Posted: 04.04.17