Various - 3 May to 2 June 2008
EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday 3 May 2008
Belfast Exposed Photography from 1 - 3pm and Solstice Arts Centre, Navan from 6.30 - 8.30pm
A free bus will travel from Belfast to Navan (return) for the evening event, please contact Sarah Thorn before 30 April to book a place. Contact details below.
2MOVE: Ireland presents an exciting range of video work by international artists exploring the connections between video, mobility, migratory culture and our contemporary world. 2MOVE: Ireland is part of a wider international touring project 2MOVE curated by internationally renowned cultural theorist and critic Mieke Bal and art historian Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro.
2MOVE: Ireland will be exhibited across two venues in Ireland (North and South): the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan and Belfast Exposed Photography. For details of additional events (screenings and discussions) taking place in Belfast, please scroll to the bottom of this page.
Ireland has seen dramatic changes in the last decade, unprecedented economic growth and a reversal of the direction of migration – from emigration to immigration. We celebrate our diaspora and have begun to make sense of and respond to the complex social issues it can involve. As a society we now have a new phenomenon to make sense of, our increasing diversity. The international touring exhibition 2MOVE is timely in this regard and has the potential to make an important contribution to our changing self-understanding as a nation.
Across Ireland, North and South, cities, towns and villages have become more heterogeneous. For example, music, cinema and news media have been enriched through variety. Meanwhile, migrants also change. Their double relationship to host and home country produces an aesthetic, which, in turn, further contributes to changes in the host countries and their cultural expressions.
This exhibition captures this contemporary multiple sense of movement – in the media and the art it makes, and in the social movement and the cultural ‘look’ it brings with it. Taking video to be inherently connected to the migratory, the exhibition brings together a number of significant international video works. Connections between video and the culture of migration are explored – the sense of accessibility, experiment, novelty, and community.
As Ireland and Northern Ireland are newly experiencing significant levels of inward migration, we hope the outcome of this exciting exhibition will be multi-layered. We hope that as well as enriching the Irish art scene, 2MOVE: Ireland will generate discussions within and beyond the art world about the significance of the cultural changes and opportunities our new experience of migration has to offer, and the kinds of response that it demands.
The exhibition consists of 29 video works, the core of which is curated by Mieke Bal and Miguel Hernández-Navarro. Most of these works are previously unseen in Ireland and explore a contemporary multiple sense of movement, both through the use of the moving image and the exploration of impacts of social movement and migration. We have included 3 works by Irish artists working on these subjects for the 2MOVE: Ireland exhibition.
Critically, a series of events – gallery talks, workshops and documentary film screenings on migration – will take place alongside the exhibition. This will facilitate greater understanding of migration and the significance of Ireland’s new experience of cultural change and the kinds of responses that it demands.
The ATLAS GROUP: Walid RAAD
CINEMA SUITCASE: Mieke BAL/Gary WARD/Michelle WILLIAMS
Anne CLEARY and Denis CONNOLLY
2MOVE: Ireland is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department of Social Development, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Belfast City Council, Navan Town Council and Meath County Council and Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Belfast Exposed would like to thank Belfast Film Festival and Northern Visions for use of the back space at 23 Donegall Street.
2MOVE is curated by Mieke Bal and Miguel Á. Hernández-Navarro.
2MOVE: Ireland is curated by Niamh Ann Kelly and Siún Hanrahan.
2MOVE has been exhibited in Murcia Cultural in Murcia, Spain; Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands and Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway. Website: http://www.doublemovement.org.
2MOVE is co-produced by Zuiderzeemuseum and Murcia Cultural (Murcia Cultural S.A. and Consejería de Cultura, Juventud y Deportes).
TEXT by: Siún Hanrahan and Niamh Ann Kelly.
Sarah Thorn or Karen Downey, Belfast Exposed Photography, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF, Northern Ireland | | T. +44 028 90230965
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan – T. +353 046 9092300
Niamh Ann Kelly – T. +353 086 3957680
1. The Atlas Group (Walid Raad), stills from Hostage: The Bachar Tapes (#17 & 31) (English version), 2001
2. Mona Hatoum, still from Measures of Distance, 1988
3. Conce Codina, still from Les petits riens (Little Nothings), 1999-2000
4. Ursula Biemann, still from Remote sensing, 2001
14 MAY, 6PM, Studio Cinema, Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Seaview Directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley and produced by Maya Derrington (Ireland, 2007, 96mins)
Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in January, this long awaited film about asylum seekers living in a former Butlin's holiday camp at Mosney, Ireland, brings us intimate stories of trauma, fear of deportation and hope for the future.
For more details visit: http://www.stillfilms.org/pages/ff_seaview.html
21 MAY, 6PM, Black Box Cafe, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast
3 film screenings with introductions by the directors
12 Angry Films by Jesse Jones (Ireland, 2006, 36mins)
A comment on issues of class, migration and labour in contemporary Ireland, produced by workshop participants contacted through trade unions and community networks.
Silent Song by Alan Grossman and Aine O’Brien (Ireland, 2000, 15mins)
A film about the Edinburgh-based exiled Kurdish composer Mohamed Abbas Bharam – one of many prominent Kurdish musicians residing in western Europe since the mid-1970s.
For more information about this project please visit http://ctmp.dit.ie/
Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Excerpts of films by Anthony Haughey, Suzanne Bosch and Kevin Duffy, Aska Tarach and Jakub Widerek (2007, 18mins)
Excerpts from a media participatory project produced in Belfast, Dublin and Cracow.
PUBLIC DISCUSSION EVENTS
Saturday 17 May, 2 - 5pm, Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall Street, Belfast (opposite the Europa Bus Station)
A panel discussion in response to 2MOVE: Ireland
As part of 2MOVE: Ireland you are invited to participate in a discussion of migratory culture.
The event will include a series of presentations; an introduction to the exhibitions by the curators of 2move and responses to the exhibition from a range of perspectives.
Curators of 2move:
Mieke Bal, internationally renowned cultural theorist and critic.
Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, art historian.
Bisi Adigun, the founder and artistic director of Arambe Productions and currently a doctoral candidate of Drama in Trinity College Dublin.
Brian Hand, an artist and lecturer at IT Carlow's Wexford Campus.
Chinedu Onyejelem, editor and co-founder of Metro Eireann.
Dr Áine O'Brien, a documentary filmmaker and Director of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice and the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS), DIT.
Organised by Niamh Ann Kelly and Siún Hanrahan, Curators, 2MOVE:Ireland.
To book a place, please phone Sarah Thorn on +44 (0)2890 230965
27 MAY, 6PM, Black Box Cafe, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast
Belfast 2008: Protesting Deportations – What Next?
In collaboration with the Refugee Action Group, Belfast Exposed has organised a panel discussion around the issue of UK deportation.
The government has set out its agenda of strengthening the border and boasts that someone is deported from the UK every eight minutes. Belfast has recently witnessed and protested the unjust reality of the deportation of asylum-seekers which have a devastating effect on individual lives and communities alike.
Jane Pennington and Andy Kouzoukis, Unity Centre, Glasgow
Paul Kazadi, asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Anna Morvern, Refugee Action Group, Belfast
John Zekry, former asylum-seeker and ex-detainee from Egypt
Cassie McKeever, Refugee Action Group, Belfast
Fionola Meredith, writer and broadcaster, Belfast
Richie MacRitchie, P Drinan solicitors, Belfast
Open to all, this discussion event will bring together participants from refugee support and anti-deportation campaigns in Belfast, Dublin and the Unity Centre in Glasgow.