We are delighted to present IMMA Talks Online, a new series of talks specifically programmed for our online audience.
Track: Artist Interview: Kevin Gaffney and Sara Greavu, 2020.
In the form of a live webinar event, IMMA invites Kevin Gaffney to discuss the thinking and making of Everything Disappears (2014). One of the film works from the IMMA Collection to be showcased as part of IMMA Screen, available to view online from 21 July – 17 August 2020. Chaired by curator, organiser Sara Greavu (Outburst Arts, Belfast). This talk took place via the IMMA zoom platform on Thurs 23 July 2020.
Chaired by curator, organiser Sara Greavu (Outburst Arts, Belfast) this discussion with Gaffney introduces his work Everything Disappears (Mandarin with English subtitles, 2014) as it relates to experiences of self-hood, relationships, military conscription and the other, in Taiwan. Revisiting this early work provides context to explore Gaffney’s expanding processes of film making and collaboration, involving script writing and performance to create intimately staged portraits of his characters, often highlighting the treatment of LGBTQ+ people historically. Our guests will also reflect on more recent films by Gaffney that examine the psychological implications of isolation on a queer person’s relationship with themselves and others.
Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker from Dublin, based in Belfast. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. He is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.
His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland’s collections and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Cork Film Festival (2016 & 2018); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017); and the Korean Queer Film Festival (2018). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); Ormston House (as part of EVA’s Public Programme, 2018); and the Crawford Art Gallery (Cork, 2020).
Sara Greavu is a curator, writer and organiser based in the north of Ireland. She has held senior curatorial roles at Outburst Arts, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry and VOID, Derry as well as working independently. In CCA she initiated programmes such as the two-year Esmee Fairbairn residency programme Our Neighbourhood that engaged with local communities of place and communities of interest, alongside artists Sarah Pierce and Sarah Browne. Independent projects have included Knowledge is Made Here, an alternative pedagogical project for young people produced in partnership with the artist Andrea Francke.
Image Credits: Kevin Gaffney, still from Everything Disappears, 2014,