Limerick, Ireland
Kilrush eviction, c.1888 (photograher unknown; research image: Eimear Walshe)

Platform Commissions – 39th EVA International

EVA is pleased to announce the selected artists for the Platform Commissions programme, ahead of the 39th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2020 – Laura Fitzgerald, Áine McBride, Emily McFarland, Eimear Walshe, Cathal McCarthy & Fiona Woods. The selected artists will develop projects that will be presented as part of the broader biennial programme, variously addressing ideas of environmentalism, land use, and housing activism.

Laura Fitzgerald
b. 1983, lives and works in Dublin and Kerry.
Laura Fitzgerald is an artist that creates woven narratives of personal and political reflection in video, drawing and text, often referencing the artist’s own rural background and general anxieties of international artistic professionalism. Recent exhibitions include: RHA Futures, Series 3, Episode 2, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2018); Between Structure and Agency + Saoirse Wall, LUX Touring Programme, various venues, UK (2018); Art Works, VISUAL, Carlow, selected by Emma-Lucy O’Brien, Orla Barry & Seán Kissane (2018); Lucian’s Neighbours, IMMA, Dublin (2018) curated by Janice Hough.

Áine McBride
b. 1987, lives and works in Dublin.
Áine McBride is an artist that works with sculpture and photographic elements, often using construction and utility materials to create installations that resonate with the personal and public spaces of the built environment. Recent exhibitions include work suite, mother’s tankstation, Dublin (2018); Habitat HQ, Douglas Hyde Gallery (offsite), Trinity College, Dublin (2017); Hannah Fitz, Áine McBride, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Marcel Vidal, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2017); and Effort, Dada Post, Berlin (2017). Áine McBride is a residential artist at Fire Station Artist Studios, Dublin, and is represented by mother’s tankstation, Dublin / London.

Emily McFarland
b. 1987, lives and works in Belfast and Glasgow.
Emily McFarland is an artist that uses video and installation to reflect on narrative constructions of counter-culturalism and political protest. 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). Emily McFarland is a recipient of the PS² Artist Development Programme funded by the Freelands Foundation; and the Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Award (2017-18); and is a co-founder of the artist run publishing imprint – Soft Fiction Projects.

Eimear Walshe
b. 1992, lives of works in Longford.
Eimear Walshe is an artist, writer, and educator that uses academic study in Queer Theory and Feminist Epistemology in the production of sculpture, publishing, performances, and lectures. Recent projects and presentations include Separatist Tendencies for The Deviant Programme, Van Abbemuseum (2017); The Department of Sexual Revolution Studies, Van Abbemuseum / Design Academy Eindhoven (2018); and Miraculous Thirst: How to get off in days of deprivation, curated by Daniel Bermingham, Galway Arts Centre (2018).

Cathal McCarthy & Fiona Woods
b. 1970, lives and works in Limerick / b. 1966, lives and works in Co. Clare.
A collaboration between Cathal McCarthy’s work as an independent community activist who has spent 10 years documenting the regeneration process of Limerick city, and Fiona Woods’ work as an artist, curator, and researcher who has been consistently engaged with ideas of political activation and public space. Fiona Woods’ recent projects include Free*Space, (ongoing); The Laboratory of Common Interest, Limerick (2019); Contested Sites (2015 – 2018); Walking Silvermines (ongoing); one kind and another, US and Ireland (2015).

Platform Commissions
Platform Commissions is a programme initiative by EVA International that focuses on the commission of works and projects by artists based in Ireland. Platform Commissions for the 39th EVA International were selected by Merve Elveren (Curator, Guest Programme, 39th EVA International) and Anne Tallentire (artist), chaired by Matt Packer (Director, EVA International).
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