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38th EVA International featuring 56 artists in exhibitions across five venues in Limerick city

 With the comeback once again of 38th Annual EVA International, there will be a range of historical to recent artworks from international artists.

38th Annual EVA International is up and coming for another celebration

EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of contemporary art proudly presents the 38 Annual EVA International, featuring historical, recent and commissioned works by 56 Irish and international artists in exhibitions across five venues in Limerick city and an extended programme at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

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38th EVA International curator Inti Guerrero speaking at the Limerick City Gallery of Art for the opening evening of the 38th EVA International. Picture: Oisin McHugh/True Media

The 38th Annual EVA International takes its starting point from the painting Night’s Candles are Burnt Out (1927) by Irish artist Seán Keating. The painting presents an allegory of the Irish psyche at the time of the construction of Ardnacrusha, a hydroelectric dam built that same year on the border of County Limerick. Ardnacrusha, constructed in the early twentieth century, accelerated the national economy and radically shifted the society of the new Irish state. Keating’s painting depicts a host of characters set against the backdrop of the construction site of the

38th Annual EVA International

Pictured is John Gerrard, Solar Reserve at Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory. Picture: Oisin McHugh/True Media


Alongside Keating’s paintings of Ardnacrusha, the exhibition includes works by artists from across geographies, generations, and media, presenting work with narratives of modernisation (in which electrification played a crucial role) and metaphors of power.

The 38th Annual EVA International has no title, breaking with a tradition that dates back to 1990. This decision, taken by curator Inti Guerrero, is designed to emphasize the word ‘international’ that is central to EVA’s identity. Guerrero explains: “In our current state of nationalisms, hard-borders, protectionism and a complete change of course in humanity, where the liberal belief of a ‘never again’ seems to be dismantling, the word ‘international’ suddenly carries an important weight worth embracing. Since its foundation in 1977 in Limerick, EVA has been a forerunner in understanding the world through art in a transnational, transcultural, international dialogue, presenting its contradictions, anxieties and possibilities.”

There will be five venues for the art in Limerick; Limerick City Gallery of Art, Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory, Limerick Clothing Factory, RHH – 6 Pery Square and The Hunt Museum with a massive variety of incredible artists. The exhibitions will run from April 14 to July 18 in Limerick so prepare for some jaw-dropping, eye-widening works of art!

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.