Emily McFarland: Curraghinalt
EVA International are thrilled to partner with aemi to present an online exhibition of Emily McFarland’s Curraghinalt, a Platform Commission for the 39th EVA International.
In Curraghinalt we encounter the disembodied voices of seven members of the Greencastle Peoples Office, a community group working together to oppose the plans laid out by Dalradian Gold Limited, a company seeking to mine the Sperrin Mountains in Tyrone, Northern Ireland for gold. In the mix, Stormont is suspended, Brexit is on the brink and the local media avoids airing concerns about the nuclear waste and human DNA-changing effects of the forthcoming land-altering process. The voices of this community group fill the empty valleys we see onscreen; they speak warily of the future, ahead of the potential damage to their immediate surrounding environment. The online exhibition features an introductory text by EVA Director Matt Packer.
Curraghinalt is available to watch around the world until 27 April 2021 via the following link (via aemi.ie): http://bit.ly/3rz8GP0
About Emily McFarland
Emily McFarland is an artist that uses video and installation to reflect on narrative constructions of counter-culturalism and political protest. McFarland lives and works in Co. Tyrone and Glasgow. Recent exhibitions and screenings include The Complex Seer, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry (2017); Draft Systems, WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw (2017); In the Jungle of Cities, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2016). McFarland is a recipient of the PS² Artist Development Programme funded by the Freelands Foundation; and the Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Award (2017-2018); and is a co-founder of the artist run publishing imprint Soft. Fiction Projects.
aemi is a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits moving image works by artists and experimental filmmakers. Since its formation in 2016 aemi’s key objective has been to provide support for artists working with the moving image in order to contribute to a developing infrastructure around these practices in Ireland. aemi is dedicated to expanding audiences for this material through regular curated programmes of Irish and international work with the intention of enriching the critical discourse that surrounds the wide range of activity in this area.