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40th EVA International is delighted to announce the full list of participating artists for the 40th EVA International - Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening across venues in Limerick city from 31 August through to 29 October 2023. 40th EVA International is delighted to announce the full list of participating artists for the 40th EVA International - Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, opening across venues in Limerick city from 31 August through to 29 October 2023.

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Artists announced for the 40th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

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Artists announced for the 40th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. Olga Micińska, photo by Olivier Delebecque.

EVA International announces the full list of participating artists for the 40th EVA International opening across venues in Limerick city from 31 August through to 29 October 2023

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ikkibawiKrrr, photo by the collective.

Curated by Sebastian Cichocki, the Guest Programme of the 40th EVA International takes its thematic basis on the idea and practice of gleaning – a term that traditionally refers to the act of collecting leftover crops following a harvest. The Gleaners Society extends this reference in a multiple of ways, alternately serving as an artistic subject, a political metaphor, and a curatorial methodology to explore and propose art’s relationship to society.

Featuring over 45 presentations by Irish and international artists and collectives, The Gleaners Society will unfold across a set of uniquely diverse venues in Limerick city (civic arts institutions, a primary school, a Cathedral, and a vegetarian cafe, among others).

“Convening the programme, I focused mainly on practices of artists engaged in generating social change and focused on daily chores, often unheroic and unspectacular and not always resulting in a tangible work of art. EVA International is a unique exhibition environment where such experiments are possible,” said Sebastian Cichocki.


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Platform Commissions / Partnership Projects

The 40th EVA International also includes new commissions developed through EVA’s Platform Commission and Partnership Project initiatives. Sarah Durcan, Phillip McCrilly, Sharon Phelan, Frank Sweeney, Cliodhna Timoney, and Amna Walayat will present their Platform Commission works selected by Emily Jacir and Pádraic E. Moore, while Bea McMahon presents a new installation that culminates a year-long series of collaborative video and performance works.

To coincide with the launch of the 40th EVA International, EVA will also launch Never Look Back – an ongoing programme of resources, commissions, and events that are dedicated to the traces of EVA’s history across Limerick city since EVA was established in 1977. From offices, shops, bars, museums, ex-industrial units, and public spaces – EVA’s use of the city has variously reflected the changing ambition of the visual arts to integrate itself into the broader social environment, while also serving as a map of changes in the urban fabric itself.

The first of these projects includes a new digital resource designed by An Endless Supply and curatorial commissions by RGKSKSRG and Michele Horrigan that respond to these histories.

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Artists and collectives include: Kateryna Aliinyk , Orla Barry, Robert Barry, Kian Benson Bailes, bela, Kasper Bosmans, Eglė Budvytytė in collaboration with Marija Olšauskaitė and Julija Lukas Steponaitytė, John Carson, Jeamin Cha, Bryony Dunne, Clodagh Emoe, Rachel Fallon & Alice Maher, Rosalind Fowler, Freefilmers (presented by Asia Tsisar), Léann Herlihy, ikkibawiKrrr, Tamás Kaszás, Navine G. Dossos, Eustachy Kossakowski, Kim Beom, Li Mu, Sharon Lockhart, Goshka Macuga, Jumana Manna, Gordon Matta-Clark, Óscar Mascareñas, Olga Micińska with Mathild Clerc-Verhoeven, Janet Mullarney, Teresa Murak, Peter Nadin & Natsuko Uchino & Aimée Toledano, Antonina Nowacka, OHO, Rory Pilgrim, Sana Shahmuradova Tanska, Diane Severin Nguyen, Jessica Sarah Rinland, Joydeb Roaja, Slavs and Tatars & Leah Feldman, Åsa Sonjasdotter in collaboration with Mercè Torres Ràfols and NCAD FIELD, Seoidin O’Sullivan, Iza Tarasewicz, Thomond Primary School Gardening Club in collaboration with Deirdre O’Mahony and Hometree, Dominika Trapp, Natsuko Uchino, and Lala Merdith-Vula.

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 ilovelimerick.com 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.