New commissions by Michael Joo and Abdoulaye Konaté are part of EVA International - Ireland's Biennial of Contemporary Art. Curated by Koyo Kouoh, Still (the) Barbarians opens on 16 April and invites artists to use the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure for artistic reflections.
Michael Joo’s site specific installation is a continuation of the artist’s interest in the properties of silver nitrate and his ongoing investigation of energy as substance. To create the work he was given special access to The British Museum’s collection to study a rare ‘emaciated Buddha’ sculpture. The resulting work will bathe visitors in the ‘light’ of the Buddha whilst alluding to Ireland’s devastating famine.
Abdoulaye Konaté combines the aesthetics of the local with global subject matter. His vivid, thought-provoking, textile installations have their roots in his Malian homeland. The new works for EVA reference the recent anniversaries of the independence of the countries on the African continent, and how fragile these states still are post-independence.
EVA International is at venues throughout Limerick, Ireland from 16 April until 17 July 2016.
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