Limerick, Ireland
Richard Proffitt, Time Fades Away, 2021. Installation view, 39th EVA International. Courtesy of the artist and EVA International. Photo:Jed Niezgoda_

39th EVA International (Phase 2)

Phase 2 of the 39th EVA International opened from July 2 – August 22, 2021. The programme featured 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.

Guest Programme: Little did they know 
Curated by Merve Elveren, the 2nd phase of the 39th EVA International’s Guest Programme, Little did they know, extended across two venues in Limerick city (Park Point and Sailor’s Home) and via a dedicated online platform. The exhibition centred 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 surrounded 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 included new video work by Eimear Walshe that considered relationships between sex, sexuality, and politics made available through postal subscription (please email info@eva.ie); and the ongoing presentation of Áine McBride’s sculptural work that augments the 19th century architecture of Limerick’s Sailor’s Home. EVA International also presented 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
A limited edition print portfolio of posters by Ciara Phillips was also 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 info@eva.ie or visit www.eva.ie.

There are also free publications across various venues including; exhibition resource Better Words: A Field Guide to Contemporary Art and Culture, that offers an introduction to contemporary art and culture through the eyes of 8–12 year olds; and Park Life, a publication that explores the ecologies of Limerick’s People’s Park through themes of soil, play and shelter, developed by Limerick School of Art & Design Fine Art students during Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International.

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 www.eva.ie for further information. For international visitors intending to travel to Ireland, please refer to the latest government advice here.

The visitor guide is available for download here.

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

The 39th EVA International is a three-phase programme taking place across various venues in Limerick city between 2020 and 2021. For the full list of participating artists across all phases, please see the announcement here.