30th annual, 6th Biennial Exhibition of Visual Art (e v a), Limerick, Ireland
On generosity, giving, sharing and social exchange
10.03. — 21.05.06
Limerick City Art Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Daghdha Space, Limerick School of Art & Design, Belltable Arts Centre, The Granary, University of Limerick, Bourne Vincent Gallery, St. Marys Cathedral
The 30th exhibition of visual art, e v a (open & invited), beared the personal hallmark of independent curator and writer Katerina Gregos. After three decades in existence, the 30th exhibition was a truly global event with over 100 artworks and projects involving over 70 artists from 25 countries, many of which were specially commissioned to make new work or develop new projects for e v a 2006.
Since the first exhibition in 1976, e v a is now regarded as Irelands premier annual exhibition of contemporary art and has grown to occupy a position of note and influence in the international arts calendar, attracting emerging and established artists and a succession of highly respected international curators.
e v a 2006, entitled Give(a)way was based on ideas of generosity, sharing, communication, social interaction and exchange. It adopted a community oriented and civic minded approach and, by extent, a stance that is critical of today's neo-liberalist culture that puts self-interest and capital gains above human considerations. The exhibition was motivated by a desire to create situations of connection and exchange within the city of Limerick. It activated and involved local arts organizations and community groups. In that sense, it will be an exhibition for the city and maybe about the city, although not exclusively so. The focus of e v a 2006 was on the specificity of the local context, as seen by the local and international invited artists, within the proposed conceptual framework. The exhibition explored the notion of generosity, but not in the strict sense of the word which limits an interpretation of generosity to economic acts of charity or philanthropy. Rather, this exhibition was based on the expanded idea of generosity: upon ideas of sharing, giving, creating situations of local interaction and dialogue, and imagining possibilities for a better future.
e v a 2006 looked upon the act of giving as an experiment in alleviating alienation from the community or the city but also invites the artists to propose their alternative visions of generosity.
e v a 2006 focused on the local situation and problematics and attempt, in line with the notion of generosity, to put back something into the city while engaging with its social and cultural infrastructure. Limerick, although a small city of 80.000 inhabitants, boasts an unusually large number of high quality cultural institutions. e v a 2006 took place in and actively involved all these organisations.
Participating artists: Narda Alvarado (Bolivia); Arpy Adamyan & Mary Amirkhanyan (Armenia); Anonymous (Greece); Artists without Walls (Israel/Palestine); John Beattie (Ireland); Otto Berchem (USA/Netherlands); Marc Bijl (Netherlands); Sarah Browne & Gareth Kennedy (Ireland); Yvonne Bucheim (Germany); Nikos Charalambidis/L.S.A.D. (Cyprus/Ireland) The Centre of Attention (France/UK); Eleni Christodoulou (Greece); David Comiskey (Ireland); Phil Coy (UK); Miriam Cuddy (Ireland); Minerva Cuevas (Mexico); Juan Manuel Echavarría (Colombia); Neva Elliott (Ireland); Enso (Ireland); Ciara Finnegan (Ireland); Alexandros Georgiou (Greece); Mairin Grant (Ireland); Fiona Hackett (Ireland); Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta Kalleinen (Finland); Ursula Kelly & Maeve McElligott (Ireland); Nevan Lahart (Ireland); Nicky Larkin (Ireland); Johanna Lecklin (Finland); Colette Lewis & Colleen Bartley (Ireland); Limerick School of Art & Design (Ireland); Sean Lynch (Ireland); Panayiotis Michael (Cyprus); Susan MacWilliam (Ireland); Eoin McHugh (Ireland); Michael Minnis & Aine Nic Giolla Coda (Ireland); Katarina Mojzisova (Czech Rep.); Fiona Mulholland (Ireland); Jennifer Nelson & Dimitris Kotsaras (USA/Greece); Catriona Ni Threasaigh (Ireland); Seamus Nolan & Lisa Marie Johnson (Ireland); Deirdre A. Power (Ireland); Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus); Dan Perjovschi (Romania); Christopher Reid (Ireland); Mario Rizzi (Italy); Paula Roush (Portugal); Jon Rubin (USA); Jon Rubin and the Independent School of Art (USA); Julika Rudelius (Germany/Netherlands); Mara Adamitz Scrupe (USA); Chemi Rosado Seijo (Puerto Rico); Anna Sherbany (Israel); Davide Terlingo (Italy/Ireland); Superflex (Denmark); Nina Tanis (USA); Mark Titchner (UK); Julian Walker (UK); Kostis Velonis (Greece); Wochenklausur (Austria); Daniel Vais (Israel)
e v a PARALLEL EVENTS
– Psychic Disobedience and Esoteric Acts and The Library of Social Manifestations curated by invited e v a artist Jennifer Nelson for Daghdha Dance Company. Featuring: Jeremiah Day, Flotsam, Melissa Longenecker, Jennifer Nelson, Eddo Stern, Christopher Trembley, US Department of Art and Technology, Michael Wilson, Natalie Zimmerman
– Two O Clock Fallout: An Interdisciplinary Event of a Non Linear Nature (Live Art and Multi Media), Dowdarragh House, Newcastle, Castleroy, Co. Limerick; curated by Emma Teck and Brighdin Farren
– Programme of artists talks at Limerick School of Art and Design and Limerick City Gallery of Art
– Free distribution of Old News, a newspaper project instigated by curator/editor Jacob Fabricius about the media and recycled news featuring contributions by 24 international artists; at all exhibition venues
e v a 2006 was supported by:
Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Daghdha Dance Company, the Hunt Museum, Belltable Arts Centre, FRAME, Mondriaan Foundation, J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, Anglo Irish Bank, Failté Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority), La Collecíon Jumex, University of Limerick, Philips, Sisk, Clancys, Kirby Electrical, Italian Cultural Institute (Dublin), Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Austrian Embassy (Dublin), Embassy of Greece (Dublin)
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