Limerick, Ireland

39th EVA International

The 39th EVA International programme is being developed in reference to the ‘Golden Vein’, a 19th century descriptor for the bountiful pastures of the Limerick / Tipperary region in the mid-West of Ireland (more commonly referred today as ‘Golden Vale’). The reference belongs to the historical perspective of seeing the land as a resource to be tapped, exploited, and commercialised through industrialised agricultural production and global trade. The Golden Vein is the starting point for thinking through ideas of land and its contested values within the context of Ireland today.

Opening on 4 September 2020 and continuing until 15 November 2020, the 39th EVA International will present a programme of artist commissions, presentations, and educational projects across venues in Limerick city and beyond. The programme will include a Guest Programme curated by Merve Elveren, a number of Platform Commissions selected by Merve Elveren and Anne Tallentire, as well as a number of adjacent commissions and projects directly initiated by EVA and collaborating partners. Of her plans for the Guest Programme, Merve Elveren has written: “In a global climate of political and economic dispossession, what does ‘land’ stand for? The word evokes as much guilt and helplessness as peace of mind, harbours self-realization and fulfillment, yet, at the same time, bridges deprivation and collectivity. Veined by corresponding and conflicting intensities, the notion of land holds the potential to challenge the status quo by addressing both the present and the future. For EVA 2020, I would like to imagine a temporary site for revisiting critical historical models and actions from the recent past, and bringing together examples from today with a view to utilizing and re-interpreting shared memories and material histories. To this end, I hope to collaborate with self-regulating archives of local collective social movements and organizations, and ultimately ignite a conversation on what we can learn from and with them today.”

The 39th EVA International is the first of three biennials that fall within the scope of EVA’s Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024, viewable here.