Limerick, Ireland

Ireland's Biennial

The third and final phase of the 39th EVA International closed on 14 November 2021. It featured 19 presentations by Irish and international artists and collaborating curators, across four venues in Limerick and online. Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the programme sought to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today.

The Guest Programme – Little did they know curated by Merve Elveren, featured presentations by artists Benji Boyadgian, Oisín Byrne with Adam Gibbons, Jasmina Cibic, Barış Doğrusöz, Minna Henriksson, Melanie Jackson & Esther Leslie, Zeyno Pekünlü, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Krista Belle Stewart, Rayna Teneva & Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun, and Driant Zeneli, and research projects We realised the power of it – Derry Film and Video Workshop, led by Sara Greavu and Ciara Phillips, and Sexuality of a Nation: Lionel Soukaz and Liberation Politics, led by Paul Clinton.

The programme also included partnerships with national and international organisations, featuring presentations with artists Orla Barry (in collaboration with Mu.ZEE); Em’kal Eyongakpa (commissioned through EVA International and IMMA’s Encounters partnership, supported by Mondriaan Fund); Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan (commissioned by EVA International, supported by the Magic Carpets programme, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union); and Inês Neto dos Santos (supported in collaboration with the Magic Carpets Creative Europe Programme, curated by Niamh Brown, Creative Producer, EVA International), and new Platform Commissions by Emily McFarland and Áine McBride.