This exhibition unsettles historical, political, cultural, archaeological, industrial, and agricultural narratives from a local to global scale. Often relating to the land and landscape (what it is formed of, who controls it, who can access it, what is its value), the four artists, Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, Libita Sibungu expose faults in the terrain, and in the systems and structures that preside over it. In an Irish context, this relates to historical colonial rule and fragmentation of the landscape, the current housing crisis, the Irish border, and the tensions around it reprised by Brexit. Taking an international perspective these fissures are strained by the global economy, the threat of war and mass displacement of populations. The invited artists work collaboratively with researchers, writers, musicians, publishers, and activists, emphasising the importance of collective action in response to deep-rooted structural opposition.
Michele Horrigan is Founder and Curator of Askeaton Contemporary Arts. She has held solo exhibitions, Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns?, at The LAB, Dublin (2018), and Stigma Damages, Occupy Space, Limerick (2014). Catriona Leahy’s work has recently been exhibited at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh (2020), CCA, Derry (2019), 3rd Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, St. Niklass, Belgium (2016), Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, The Netherlands (2015). Laurie Robins held a solo exhibition, ‘FREE TRADE OR ELSE’*, at South London Gallery (2019), and his work has been shown at Transmediale, Berlin (2019), Whitney Independent Study Studio Program, EFA Project Space, New York (2017). Libita Sibungu’s solo exhibition, Quantum Ghost, was shown at Spike Island, Bristol, and Gasworks, London (both 2019).