Join exhibiting artist Atoosa Pour Hosseini and Programme Curator Michael Hill to talk through the conversations and processes that led to the current solo exhibition The Magic Circle.

This intimate studio talk is for graduates, early career and emerging contemporary artists and curators, and those returning to their practice. Atoosa Pour Hosseini will offer insight into the planning, research and processes leading up to her exhibition at The Magic Circle at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

Atoosa Pour Hosseini is an Iranian-Irish artist filmmaker based in Dublin. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2023); fsk Kino am Oranienplatz, Berlin (2023); Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2022); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2021); Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2021). Pour Hosseini is Co-Director of Experimental Film Society. Pour Hosseini’s work is held in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Magic Circle fuses illusion with reality through the media of film, video installation, sculpture, and performance. The exhibition includes a film of the same name which portrays a sorceress enacting rituals associated with conjuring and magic. Pour Hosseini works with 8mm and 16mm film as well as digital processes in moving image to explore layers of space and timelessness. The combination of these technical devices with rich symbolic archetypes creates a cinematic encounter of memory and perception.

Produced in collaboration with composer Olesya Zdorovetska and performer Yasaman Pishvaei, The Magic Circle explores the prevalence of witchcraft, its punishment and expulsion, aligning with the growth of misogynistic ideologies over many centuries

Image description: Atoosa sits at a table in her studio facing forward and looks directly at the camera. She has long curly dark hair that is tied in a low ponytail and sits just past her shoulders. She wears a white knit sweatshirt and a blue floral shirt. On the table in front of her are an array of analogue camera parts. In the background and on the walls behind her there are printed images, drawings and camera reels.