In conjunction with the project digital_self presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces, artist Theresa Nanigian discusses her large scale photographs and text plaques project titled not sorry (2014). This presents an intimate portrait of the Irish teenager and young adult, at a time when almost everything is on virtual display. Not sorry literally goes behind closed doors into the private territory of the bedroom and seeks to expose the genuine individual beneath the public persona.
Nanigian revisits the motivations behind the not sorry project within in the broader context of her artistic practice that expands on forms of portraiture to investigate contemporary Western life. Intrinsic to Nanigian’s projects is a commitment to researching her subjects, where she borrows analytical tools of sociology, economics, psychology and logic to probe deeper into expressions of identity and our human experience.
Programmed as part of the digital_self public programme of talks, events and online projects invites all ages to explore the ways new technologies are transforming how the self is voiced, shaped and understood in various digital realms.
not sorry is part of a series of large-scale photographs and text plaques. not sorrytakes from one of the responses to a confidential survey, the body of work combines the personal expression evident on the walls, floors and other surfaces of the bedroom with participants’ frank, and sometimes, brutally honest written expression of their personal identity. not sorry was the first exhibition by Theresa Nanigian in her national tour titled just a bit extraordinary, which explores the lifecycle in three distinct exhibitions. The trying to behave exhibition followed in the LAB Gallery last summer. The final installation of the trilogy, master of my universe is currently on show at Limerick City Gallery of Art. The tour will close with an exhibition of all three bodies of work at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda in autumn 2018, The just a bit extraordinarytour is curated by Aoife Ruane and funded by the Arts Council.
About the Artist
Nanigan works in installation, moving image, text, drawing and photography. She has exhibited throughout Ireland in Void, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Butler Gallery, Crawford Art Gallery and other venues, as well as, internationally. Her practice also includes public art projects, with her most recent commission titled Travelogue winning the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Commissioning Practice.
This talk took place on Saturday 20 January 2018, at IMMA.
Image Credits: not sorry, 2012, Monomer film, 367 x 367 cm, not sorry (solo show), 2012, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin, Theresa Nanigian, (Installation photography by Peter Connor).