Co-curators of the exhibition, As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics ( 13 April - 27 August 2017); Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, UK, Racheal Thomas, Senior Curator, IMMA come together in conversation to introduce this major group show originating at IMMA.
In running order of presenting, selected exhibition artists include, Liliane Lijn, Nora Berman, Eoghan Ryan, Matt Copson and Stephan Doitschinoff, this discussion will draw on the history of art and spirituality, spanning the last 100years.
Sam Thorne is director of Nottingham Contemporary. From 2014–16 he was artistic director of Tate St Ives. Prior to that, he was associate editor of frieze magazine, where he is currently a contributing editor and columnist. He is a co-founder of Open School East, a free-to-attend study programme in London / Margate, and his book School will be published by Sternberg Press this summer.
Rachael Thomas is Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions at IMMA. Thomas is a Leonardo fellow at Trinity University and contributor to MA/ Art in the contemporary world at NCAD. Thomas has curated various exhibitions including solo surveys of Hélio Oiticica, Haroon Mirza, and Tino Sehgal, the American Fluxus and feminist artist Eleanor Antin, Thomas Ruff, Karen Kilimnik, Margherita Manzelli, Willie Doherty, Sophie Calle and Mark Manders. Thomas curated and initiated the Welsh pavilion for Venice Biennale 2001, When the Dragon Wakes with Cerith Wyn Evans, and in 2008 curated Gerard Byrne at the Lyon Biennale. Thomas was awarded a Millennium Fellowship to produce papers on global frameworks of contemporary art practice at Tate Britain, London.
This discussion took place on 13 April 2017 at IMMA.
Image Credits: Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece, No 1, Group X, Series Altarpieces, 1915 , Oil and metal leaf on canvas, Photo: Albin Dahlström / Moderna Museet