Revelling in the weave at Carlow Arts Festival – Joanna Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos –Valkyrie Trousseau

 

Valkryie Trouseau (Enxoval) copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lucky break. I returned to my hometown in time for the Carlow Arts Festival (Ireland) this year. At the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos displayed the Valkyrie Trousseau (Valquiria Enxoval). This Valkryie was part of her 2012 summer exhibition at Versailles which had a record turnout with 1.6 million visitors. And now the Valkryie is in Carlow.

Trousseau Vasconcelos copy

 

This mammoth suspended animation fills the main gallery and as you walk underneath and around many unexpected things spark the synapses. Vasconcelos’ work evokes notions of collective identity and the status of women and even class distinction. The sumptuous fabrics, dripping with tassels, jesterlike extensions writhing outwards irregularly and unruly. It is not often you find installations successfully mix high art and craft culture but Visual has it this year.

 

The Valkyries are figures that fly over the battlefield and give a new life to the bravest warriors who died fighting. Valkyrie Trousseau is a collaborative work between Vasconcelos and artisans of the Portuguese town of Nisa, a locality renowned for it arts and crafts.

In past generations Nisa was like most other European traditional towns. However this community was distinct in its practice where young girls sew and create impressive projects for many years earning a significant dowry, often earning enough to purchase a house for their marriage. The young woman would then continue to work and earn in such way. Here was a community that was empowered by the desire to make. You can see some rural aesthetics in the details using traditionally local motifs and techniques from Nisa.

Vasconcelos  copyI had learned from a talk presented by curator Enrique Juncosa and studio director Lucio Moura that this particular Valkyrie had shown in Denmark and at Versailles. The collaborative work itself was not without its challenges. The artisans initially took great umbrage when seeing how Vasconcelos was cutting, splicing and repositioning their detailed work. Soon differences were put aside as the Valkyrie took shape.

Vasconcelos holds a black belt in Karate and had at one time considered going professional. She was head of security at one of the notable night clubs “Lux” in Lisbon. It was difficult to get visiting curators in Lisbon to visit her studio by the Lisbon docks where she has a staff of more than 40 working including a number of architects, welders , seamstresses ect. She installed Bride (A Noiva -La Mariée) – a chandelier of tampons at the nightclub. The work finally attracted the right attention and two years later Vasconcelos was at the Venice Biennale.

 

The show continues at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art , Carlow  to August 31st 2014.

 

 

Understanding the  extensive collaborative work needed for Vasconcellos work, it is reassuring to encounter Inga Hamilitons work in the next gallery at Visual – another textile delight.

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photo courtesy of the artist

In keeping with the ancient narrative next door is the Goddess Mother of all. “La Pachamama Santa Maria is an ancient as the Universe and as fertile as the land. Share with her your joys and the whispering pots on her cape will capture your woes.” Artist Inga Hamilton has processed and hand treated every piece of felt and weave. The clay for the whispering pots were collected from hills of her hometown.

Inga Hamilton La Pachama copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two parts (cape and head dress ) of the installation are full of surprises and heavily interlaced with curious textiles and clays. This work will be showcased in the US in 2015 in two states Pennsylvania and Virginia.

 

 

And finally a quick look at the community street art that has been showing during the festival .

I'm watching you dustbin, Dublin Street, Carlow

 

 

 

“I’ve been watching you” dustbin , Dublin Street, Carlow

Carlow Court House front signposts

 

 

 

Signposts outside Carlow Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel barrow Carlow arts festival

 

Wheelbarrow of flora, Dublin Street , Carlow

 

Knitted bikes

 

 

 

 

 

Bikes safely wrapped up within Capuchin Friary railings.

 

 

 

 

 

It was so good to be home for this year’s festival, to see the town pulsing and buzzing with unexpected surprises, street food, family,  friends and of course some fireworks .

Just like Chinese New Year!

 

Barrow fireworks

 

 

Niamh Cunningham- Bio 。。。个人简介-倪芙瑞莲
Link to newspaper coverage -Carlow Nationalist (click on image)

In Her Eyes, F&E 100x100cm acrylic on canvas, 倪芙瑞莲Niamh Cunningham 2019

Recent ‘China-Ireland’ exhibition Shanghai Nov 29th 2019

China Ireland exhibition at MUSEu&m, Shanghai , opening Nov 29th

Current Sculpture project HongFangzi ShaWan Sichuan
‘Whirls in the Old’ in New York at the exhibition ‘1919’

1919-Whirls in the Old Terezin acrylic on canvas 30x30cm Niamh Cunningham 2019

Gobi Heaven Art Festival August 2019

Participating in the International Artists program for this exciting event in the Gobi Dessert

Group Exhibition , Hamilton Gallery , Sligo, Ireland
Granary Art exhibition SiShui Shandong June 2019

Granary Art Exhibition SiSHui , Shangdong June 2019 click on image

Swim Duck Video …30 sec clip of original work recently shown at Bloomsday event at Embassy of Ireland Niamh Cunningham 2019
clip from Swim Duck video Niamh Cunningham 2019

Clip from 'Swim Duck' Video by Niamh Cunningham 2019

Group exhibition in Sishui, Shangdong 正在展出

Granary Art Museum , Sishui, Jining , Shandong

April /May 2019 in Budapest 近期展出匈牙利

Currently showing in Budapest Aprli- May 2019

Wandering Rocks series of portraits 游岩系列
Talk on James Joyce at Bookworm with prof Fu Hao 乔伊斯座谈会
Aritst Talk on James Joyce at Beijing Bookworm

Talk on James Joyce at Bookwork Beijing April 2019

RTE interview on preparing for upcoming group exhibition 2 min clip
Web Of Fabulous Grass – Sucrose Series Click on image for Artist Profile English &简体中文
Artist talk at Beijing Geely College Dec 11th 2018
Map and Territory project Nov -Dec 2018 at Beijing Geely University
Map and Territory

Map and Territory

Current Events 正在展出

 

即将展出:

*2019年11月装置中国—红房子首届国际户外装置创作营在乐山沙湾红房子开营 …开始阶段

 

正在展出:

2019年11月”中国 爱尔兰  MUSEu&m , 上海

 

最新动态:

*2019年11月装置中国—红房子首届国际户外装置创作营在乐山沙湾红房子开营 …开始阶段

 

*2019年8月*Gobi Heaven- August 戈壁。天堂-八月

*2019年7月”1919″ 爱尔兰  Sligo -Hamilton Gallery  

*2019年5月“胜日寻芳“ 山东济宁市泗水等闲谷艺术粮仓美术馆

*2019年4月-5月在匈牙利首都布达佩斯

*2019年4月”奥德赛——回归”群展2019年4月13日在东岳美术馆开幕。

*2018年11月-12月“地图与疆域”国际艺术邀请展 北京吉利学院

*2018年11月-12月“纸上·至上”展览,韩国光州市立美术馆北京创作中心

*2018, 10月中欧国当代艺术全球巡展·上海

2018, 9月-10月“纸上·至上”展览,沈阳市拓•空间,

2018, 6月-11月诗人叶芝日,爱尔兰,斯莱戈(SLIGO),汉密尔顿艺术画廊

*2018年8月 淮阴艺术馆提名展,淮安市

*2018, 8月 “纸上·至上”展览, 鄂尔多斯,

*2018 , 6月30日 济南“国际抽象艺术展”

*2018 , 6月17 日 纸上•至上2018 在青岛,

*2018 , 5月20 日存在-国际女性艺术展,湖南长沙,

*2018 , 4月21 日延缓的时间,4月21日-29日,红门画廊,798艺术区

*2018 , 4月20 日 挖掘,,和画廊,来鹏高尔夫俱乐部

*2018年4月-12日 挖掘, , 展览,悦美术馆,北京798艺术区

*2018年2月-3月深圳观澜版画艺术区,5个星期驻地项目

*2018年1月28日-3月3日,《红&果》,流浪美术馆融空间,新年主题艺术展,北京中关村融科资讯中心

*2017年12月,中外视觉艺术湖南展,湖南长沙梅溪新天地梅溪书院.

*2017年12月末至2018年1月末, 《时间之外》主题艺术展, 北京中关村融科资讯中心

*2017年12月, 形质与叙事, 形质与叙事, 东岳美术馆

 *2017年12月,广州新造当代艺术中心,纸上·至上 纸艺作品群展.

Upcoming Exhibitions

* Sculpture project in HongFangzu , Shawan, Sichuan , begining phase Nov 2019

Current Exhibition

*China Ireland exhibition at MUSEU&m, near the Bund , Shanghai, Nov 29th 2019

*1919 – Group Exhibition (Hamilton Gallery) in New York, Irish Consulate

*1919 – Group Exhibition Hamilton Gallery , Sligo , Ireland July – September

Recent  exhibitions:

*Gobi Heaven Art Festival , Inner Mongolia , August 2019

*A piece of Cotton Paper  9th floor gallery Songzhuang June 15th

*”Winning the Day ‘ Granary Art Centre,  SiShui , Shandong, May – June 2019

*Beyond the form of Art , Wick Art Centre , Budapest, Hungary may 2019

*Odyssey The Return ; group exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing  in April

Map and Territory Art IRRCA at Beijing Geely College Nov 20- Dec 20 2018

*Thousands of Sprouts, an experimental online exhibition – by Elizabeth Ross  Nov 2018

* On Paper Supreme, Gwangju Art Museum Beijing Creative Centre Songzhuang Nov- Dec 2018

*China Europe Internaitional Contemporary Art Global Tour Shanghai Oct 2018

*An Irish Airman foresees his Death – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, Ireland June – Nov 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Extension Space, Shenyang, Liaoning,  Sept 16th – Oct 21st  2018

*Artist Nomination Exhibition, Huaiyin art gallery, Huai ‘an shi, Jiangsu, July-Aug 2018

*On Paper Supreme, Ordos Culture and Art Centre , Inner Mongolia , Aug 17th – Sept 10th  2018

*International Abstract Art , ChungChuen College, Jinan, July 2018

* On Paper Supreme, QingDao , Tiantai Art Centre, June 2018

* Existence , International Feminist Art Exhibition,  Mezzi Bookstore Art Space , Changsha

* Excavations 20 April-4th June  He Gallery, Golf Club.

*’Mortgaged Time’ 21st- 29th April at Red Gate Gallery , 798 Beijing  April 21st

*’Excavations’ 12-18th Enjoy Museum 798,  Beijing   preview 5 pm 12th April

* 5 week residency at Guanlan Printmaking base , Shenzhen (Feb-March 2018)

*Lunar New Year theme exhibition “Red Fruit” showing at Raycom IT centre, Zhongguancun,  28th Jan continues to March 3rd, organised by RoveArt , supporting the Female Protection Fund.

*Chinese & Foreign Visual Arts Hunan,  at the Meixi Academy Book Complex, Changsha Dec 26th to Jan 26th 2018.

* ‘Beyond Time’  Raycom IT Centre, Zhongguangcun, Beijing Dec – Jan 27th  2018

*”Qualitative Phase and The Narrative” Beijing Film Academy Triennial Exhibition at Dong Yue Art Museum, Beijing, curated by Li Zhen till Dec 18th 2017…………………………………………….

 

-.On Paper Supreme made its final exhibition for 2018 in Beijing Songzhuang opening Nov 16th
Group exhibition Hamilton Gallery, Sligo Ireland,
Hamilton Gallery Sligo - Lonely Impulse 2

A response to WB Yeats poem 'An Irish Airman Foresees his Death'

Group show Oct 27th Shanghai Bund 27 The House of Roosevelt House , the Bund Shanghai
Recent ‘At your Leisure’ Summer exhibition Jiangsu “悠游“——淮阴艺术馆
exhibited in Jinan curated by Ma Yi Ying
With curator Guo Zhen at the opening of Existence in Changsha , exhibition continues till end of July 2018

和策展人郭桢在开幕式《存在》

简体中文Artist Interview & Profile for the Art Project ‘Existence’
Group exhibition at Red Gate in April 2018 focussing on antiwar poet Ingeborg Bachmann
Niamh Cunningham 'Bachmann Girl' 2017

Artwork for poster is 'Bachmann Girl' 100x100cm Acrylic on Canvas by Niamh Cunningham 2017

Excavations showing at Enjoy Museum 798 April 2018

Excavations , a cross collaborative exhibition showing contemporary art by Chinese and Irish artists , showing in Enjoy Museum, 798 , 2018.4.12

Very honoured to have Irish Ambassador Eoin O’ Leary visit Chinese New Year exhibition “Red & Fruit”

Irish Ambassador Eoin O'Leary with subway paintings at Raycom Centre exhibition Feb 2018

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