As part of the Seminar: IMMA Summer School 2019 / Art & Politics - Artists Mairead McClean and John Gerrard discuss their latest projects. In a closing discussion, they are joined by Richard Noble and Anthony Noble to conclude seminar proceedings.
Introduced by Lisa Moran, Curator, Learning and Engagement, IMMA.
Mairéad McClean works across ﬁlm, video, sound and photography using material from a diverse range of sources. Found footage, historical and family archives, ﬁlmed performances and televisual media, appear in many of her single screen ﬁlms and multi-media installations produced over the past 25 years. Her practice investigates how speciﬁc historical events, as presented in the public domain, differ from those remembered through actual experience. This perspective allows for close reading of what is being remembered, how it is remembered, why it is being remembered and by whom. Her most recent solo show Making Her Mark (2018) at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Scotland, was commissioned by The Wapping Project, London. The exhibition was an installation deploying new approaches, methods and ways of working including a collaboration with a dance artist to create a performance piece forming the core of the main ﬁlm. McClean has received a number of awards for her work both in the UK and Ireland. Her piece No More, exploring questions around the introduction of internment without trial in Northern Ireland in 1971, won the inaugural MAC International Art Prize in 2014 and was exhibited at the MAC Belfast that year. No More was acquired for the National Collection of Ireland by The Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2017. Other notable recent exhibitions and screenings include CCA Glasgow (2015), Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2016), The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Conﬂict, Pittsburgh, USA, (2016), The Now & After Exhibition, Video Art Festival and Exhibition, Fabrika, Moscow (2017).
John Gerrard is an artist working in Dublin and Vienna, best known for his sculptures, which typically take the form of digital simulations displayed using real-time computer graphics. Recent solo exhibitions include Western Flag, Desert X, Palm Springs; Solar Reserve, LACMA, LA, USA; Western Flag, Somerset House with Channel 4, London, England; Power.Play, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Infinite Freedom Exercise, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany; Solar Reserve, Lincoln Center in Association with the Public Art Fund, New York NY; Exercise, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey; Pulp Press (Kistefos), Kistefos Museet, Jevnaker, Norway; Exercise (Djibouti), Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England. Gerrard’s work is in the collection of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Kistefos Collection, Norway; IMMA, Dublin; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, M+, Hong Kong. John Gerrard is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Simon Preston, New York.