39th EVA International (Phase 1)
Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International was the first of a three-phase exhibition programme that unfolded across venues in Limerick city and online, from 18 September – 15 November 2020. It featured 12 presentations by Irish and international artists and collaborating curators at exhibition venues Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Hunt Museum, Sailor’s Home, EVA Offices and Archive, Enable Ireland, Leonards, O’Connor’s Butchers, The Alteration Shop, outdoor locations and online.
The 39th EVA International took its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, and across all phases of the programme it sought to question ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today. Through the work of the participating artists, these questions extended to broader considerations of how we relate to land in terms of ideology, identity, and resource.
The Guest Programme titled Little did they know, curated by Merve Elveren, featured artists Yane Calovski, Eirene Efstathiou, Michele Horrigan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Driant Zeneli, and presentations by Sara Greavu & Ciara Phillips – It’s not for you we did it, a series of ‘dossiers’ available online here; and the Women Artists Action Group from the archive of Pauline Cummins (collection of National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), NCAD, Dublin). Merve Elveren’s introductory text for the Guest Programme can be read here.
Phase 1 also featured new commissions as part of EVA’s Platform Commissions and Partnership Project initiatives. Selected by Anne Tallentire, Merve Elveren and Matt Packer, were Platform Commissions by artists Áine McBride, Laura Fitzgerald, Emily McFarland, and Eimear Walshe. The first commission under EVA’s Partnership Project initiative was a site-specific audio work by Bora Baboci, developed in partnership with the Magic Carpets network, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.