Limerick, Ireland
Shirts (1996) by 80 Students of Tibet University, Lhasa. Courtesy of the Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa), at Asia Art Archive

39th EVA International – Phase 2

We are delighted to announce dates, artists, and venues of Phase 2 of the 39th EVA International.

Opening from 2 July through to 22 August 2021, Phase 2 features 14 presentations by Irish and international artists and collaborating curators, across venues in Limerick, remotely and online.  Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today. Phase 2 will feature artists Diego Bruno, Barış Doğrusöz, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Melanie Jackson & Esther Leslie, Amy Lien & Enzo CamachoÁine McBride, Hana Miletić, Deirdre O’Mahony, Richard Proffitt, Mario Rizzi, Aykan Safoğlu, and Eimear Walshe. The exhibition will also include presentations of archival research projects The Reconciliation of the Blood Feuds Campaign, led by Erëmirë Krasniqi (Oral History Initiative) and the Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa), led by Asia Art Archive.


Highlights include:

Guest Programme: Little did they know 
Curated by Merve Elveren, phase 2 of the 39th EVA International’s Guest Programme, Little did they know, will extend across two venues in Limerick city (Park Point and Sailor’s Home) and via a dedicated online platform.  The programme continues to function as what Elveren describes as an “exercising ground” for interpreting current social and political conditions in various geographical contexts. The exhibition centres around two research projects; Asia Art Archives’ Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa) and Kosovo Oral History Initiative’s Reconciliation of Blood Feuds Campaign 1990-1991. Works by Diego Bruno, Barış Doğrusöz, Melanie Jackson & Esther Leslie, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Hana Miletić, Deirdre O’Mahony, Richard Proffitt, Mario Rizzi, and Aykan Safoğlu surround these archival-research presentations, allowing for broader dialogues between notions of home and uprooting, remembrance and forgetting, care and action. The Little did they know online platform is available to view here.

Platform Commissions/Partnership Projects
Other presentations for Phase 2 of the 39th EVA International include new video work by Eimear Walshe that considers relationships between sex, sexuality, and politics that will be available through postal subscription; and the ongoing presentation of Áine McBride’s sculptural work that augments the 19th century architecture of Limerick’s Sailor’s Home. EVA International will also present works at spacecraft Studios by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, under its Partnership Projects initiative developed through EVA’s participation in the Magic Carpets network. Their recent work investigates the phenomenon of man-made landscapes around the world, where the making and marking of landscape as a form of spatial modification goes hand-in-hand with heightened state violence and the over-exploitation of resources.

Other Initiatives
Alongside the exhibition programme there will be additional project activities including Better Words, an initiative by EVA International to empower new forms of access and engagement with contemporary art through a programme of creative language projects. Phase 2 will include free exhibition resources for visiting children, including activity postcards and publication copies of Better Words: A Field Guide to Contemporary Art and Culture.

A limited edition print portfolio of posters by Ciara Phillips will also be available to purchase, following the It’s not for you we did it online programme developed in collaboration with Sara Greavu and other contributors. For further information and advance purchase enquiries, please email or visit

Venues and Visitor Information
The 39th EVA International Phase 2 venues are Park Point, Sailor’s Home and spacecraft Studios.  All indoor venues are subject to capacity restrictions and public health protocols. Please see for further information. For international visitors intending to travel to Ireland, please refer to the latest government advice here.

For press information, images or interview requests please contact: Grace Gabriele-Tighe at Margaret, T +44 (0) 20 7739 8203 /

The full list of participating artists across all three phases of the 39th EVA International programme was released in July 2020 and is available to view here.