Hugh Lane Culture Club - Friday 17th September at 10.30am
Join artist Michele Horrigan as she discusses her ongoing work 'Stigma Damages' as part of Dublin Climate Action Week 2021 events.
Dublin Climate Action Week 2021, is a one-week programme of online and in-person events running from the 13th - 19th September 2021. It aims to inspire, share knowledge and highlight best practice on climate action, as we work towards creating a healthier, more sustainable Dublin.
Free event, although booking is required here
Further details on the talk below:
“For several years, I have explored the histories and material culture of the aluminium industry. I grew up in the shadow of such a world - mineral ore bauxite is imported from Guinea in Africa into Ireland’s largest industrial complex in my hometown of Askeaton, to be chemically refined and smelted to become aluminium, the world’s most versatile metal used in computer parts and engines, drink cans and airplanes. The weight of aluminium makes up 8% of the earth’s crust; 80% of an airplane is aluminium; one tonne of aluminium will make over 60,000 Coca Cola, Pepsi or Budweiser cans. But what about the residues of this modern manufacturing miracle?” In her talk, the role of globalisation, representation of women and the sometimes-bizarre attempts to create a smokescreen for the industry’s environmental record are key themes.
Michele Horrigan’s installation, photographic and video artworks were recently presented at EVA International, - Ireland’s Biennale of Contemporary Art, Limerick; Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. Since 2006 she is founder and director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, facilitating artist residencies, exhibitions and publication production with over one hundred realised projects, often with a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices.