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Worlds Without End

  • Exhibitions

01 October 2020 - 31 January 2021

Stories Around Borders

Lieven De Boeck, Elaine Byrne, John Byrne, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Dor Guez, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Dragana Jurišić, Ari Marcopoulos, Raqs Media Collective, Dermot Seymour, Mark Wallinger

Historically, borders tend to be the location of international trouble spots. Prior to the global lockdown, there was a utopian vision of open borders, complicated by a populist push towards border fortification. This dichotomy has now been eclipsed by a pandemic that doesn’t respect borders. Politicisation of the pandemic, displacement of people, and restricted travel, as along with the drive towards an ever-increasing economic globalisation, have created further complex contradictions.

The curatorial idea for the exhibition Worlds Without End (WWE) was first conceived a year ago as a research-based collaboration between Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York and Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Hugh Lane Gallery, who are the co-curators of WWE.

WWE opens a visual dialogue on the impact of borders on individuals and communities.  The twelve participating artists are drawn from different regional traditions and challenge our perceptions of national identities, envisioning utopian possibilities for understanding the place of borders, their proliferation and seeming obsolescence, in contemporary society. The exhibiting artists reveal their deep interest in current geo-political positions and social conditions with works that interrogate power structures, positions of privilege and human rights issues.  The artists’ concerns also extend to those established borders which cut through communities and neighbourhoods, bringing frustration, anger, suffering and death.

Covid-19 has created new fears and anxiety but it has also brought forth examples of positive, indomitable human spirit – from the arias sung from balconies in Italy to the millions of small acts of exchange towards neighbours and the more vulnerable in our societies; and the wonderful work of medical staff around the world who put their lives at risk to save others.

WWE focuses on the growing practice of fortification and surveillance created under guise of protection and care.  We may never reach our utopian ideals of a world without borders, but we must at least highlight and undo the practices of those regimes which, under the guise of safeguarding their people, inflict misery and hardship on others, shattering the basic tenets of universal humanity.

“Worlds Without End encompasses the perpetuity of time – reflecting on the rise and fall of empires in looking at how borders are erected and demolished in the rhythmic flow of human revolution.” – Barbara Dawson

Featuring artworks by Lieven De Boeck (Belgium); Elaine Byrne (Ireland); John Byrne (Ireland); Tony Cokes (US); Chto Delat (Russia); Dor Guez (Israel/Palestine); Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Jordan); Dragana Jurišić (Croatia); Ari Marcopoulos (Netherlands); Raqs Media Collective (India); Dermot Seymour (Northern Ireland) and Mark Wallinger (UK), many of whom are exhibiting in Ireland for the first time, bringing together their experiences of borders from international regions.

WWE is based on the Rubin Foundation’s engagement with art and social justice programming in New York City and the Hugh Lane Gallery’s prominent role in Dublin’s civic and cultural life.

An exhibition not to be missed.

The exhibition opens in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin on 1 October 2020 and will run until 31 January 2021

Admission Free. All Welcome.

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Research based collaboration with the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Walled Unwalled, 2018, video still. Courtesy the artist.

Tony Cokes, Evil.16 (Torture.Musik), 2009 – 2011, HD video, color, sound, 16:27 minutes, Edition of 5, 2AP. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New  York, Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.

 

Ari Marcopoulos, The Park, 2017-2018, Digital video with audio, 58 minutes. Score by Jason Moran. Courtesy of the artist and Fergus McCaffrey, New York and Tokyo.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Walled Unwalled, 2018, video still. Courtesy the artist.

Dor Guez, Bypass, 2014, Slides, courtesy of the artist and Dvir Gallery

Dragana Jurišić, YU: The Lost Country, 2011- 2013, installation. Courtesy of the artist.

John Byrne, The Border Interpretative Centre, 2000, Courtesy of the artist.

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition view. Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

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