Orla Barry: SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE
SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE is a new performance and sound installation by Orla Barry, co-commissioned by Mu.ZEE Oostende (BE) and EVA International as part of the 39th EVA International programme. The work reflects on the culture of disconnection from the natural environment, drawing on the artist’s own background and current occupation running a pedigree Lleyn flock alongside her art practice. SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE will be first performed as part of Els Dietvorst & Orla Barry’s Wintrum Frod exhibition at Mu.ZEE Oostende in July 2019. The Irish iteration of the performance will take place during the opening week of the 39th EVA International in September 2020.
SPIN, SPIN, SCHEHERAZADE is an EVA Partnership Project made possible through the support of Mu.ZEE Oostende and Arts Council Ireland’s Project Award programme.
Orla Barry is both visual artist and shepherd. She lived in Brussels for sixteen years and now runs a flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep on the coast of rural Wexford. Her artistic practice includes writing, performance, video and sound installation. Recent performances include Performatik 17; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Argos, Brussels; TBG&S, Dublin. Solo exhibitions include Quetzal Art Centre, Portugal (2017, with Rui Chafes), Mothers Tankstation (2014, Dublin), CCB, Museu Bernardo, Lisbon (2011, with Rui Chafes), Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin (2006), SMAK Ghent (2005), Camden Arts Centre London (2005), and W139 Amsterdam (2005), Argos, Brussels (2002). She was awarded the prize of the Palais de Beaux Arts in the ‘Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge’ in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex Prize in 1999.
EVA Partnership Projects
EVA Partnership Projects is a programme initiative by EVA International that supports the co-commission of artworks through direct partnership with national and international organisations.