Limerick, Ireland

We’re delighted to announce a curatorial commission with Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Art), as a part of EVA’s new initiative Never Look Back. Never Look Back revisits EVA’s 45+ year history of producing contemporary art exhibitions and events in Limerick, across the roster of temporary sites, spaces, and venues – that were used for the presentation of contemporary art in successive editions.

Michele Horrigan’s new curatorial commission sees elements of the EVA archive infiltrate, disrupt and alter the format of the popular board game Monopoly. Horrigan recalls the 2016 launch of a version of the game dedicated to Limerick City, where players were given the opportunity to roll dice to buy and trade local city properties and develop houses and hotels, aiming to drive their opponents into bankruptcy. In making a comment about the reduction of the city’s image to financial circulation and speculative investment rather than as a cultural entity and a place of lived life, Horrigan’s gesture sees previous EVA artworks re-imagined to replace property, exhibition memories recalled in chance and community cards, and sculptures forming new playing pieces.

Michele Horrigan is an Irish artist and curator. She studied art at the University of Ulster, Belfast and the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Recent exhibitions of her videos and installations have occurred at MACRO, Rome, EVA International, – Ireland’s Biennale of Contemporary Art, Limerick; Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz, and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. Since 2006 she is founder and director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, facilitating artists residencies, exhibitions and publication production in rural southwest Ireland with over one hundred realised projects, often with a particular interest in site-specific and socially-engaged practices. Many artworks made in this context have subsequently been presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals.

Never Look Back is supported through the Arts Council’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme and Limerick City and County Council.

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