Through an exhibition, public forums, screenings, and a publication, the project examines the past, explores the present, and speculates about the future of labour. The artists look forward, imagining the future of labour and economy, and creating allegorical projections.
Curated by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh
Exhibition and Screenings: Sarah Browne, Colin Darke, Aideen Doran, Toril Johannessen, Harun Farocki, Marianne Flotron, Melanie Gilligan, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley, Olivia Plender, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, Raqs Media Collective, Hito Steyerl.
Forums: Maria Chehonadskih, Mark Curran, Angela Dimitrakaki, Eamonn McCann, John Roberts, Precarious Workers Brigade, Kerstin Stakemeier, Anthony Iles, Marina Vishmidt, Josefine Wikström
The first two decades of the 20th century were undeniably momentous for people of Ireland on many fronts. There were major strikes for dock, tram, and factory workers from Belfast to Cork, Galway to Limerick, from 1907 to 1913, culminating in the Dublin Lockout.
The centenary of the Dublin Lockout has prompted CCA to consider conditions of labour and the role of representation in shaping work and workers' rights between three moments: 1913, 2013, and 2113. Through an exhibition, public forums, screenings, and a publication, Momentous Times examines the past, explores the present, and speculates about the future of labour.
Momentous Times features new and recent artworks by ten artists, whom many have never exhibited in Northern Ireland before. On September 7th and November 2nd, CCA will host public forums organised and moderated by scholar and writer Marina Vishmidt. The exhibition also includes a handful screenings and talks, which are free open to everyone.
Tying the project together and linking up with other art initiatives responding to the Lockout is Working Times, a newspaper edited by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh and Helen Carey. The paper is produced in collaboration with Belfast Exposed; Gallery of Photography, Dublin; The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Mockingbird Arts and Temple Bar Gallery+Studios, Dublin.
In this expansive exhibition, artists Colin Darke, Melanie Gilligan, and Raqs Media Collective look forward, imagining the future of labour and economy, and creating allegorical projections that may serve as warnings or conversely as signs of hope. Aideen Doran, Marianne Flotron, and Allan Sekula and Noël Burch work with documentation of contemporary workers, examine their physical and psychological well-being, and expose persistent hierarchies and hypocrisies. Sarah Browne, Harun Farocki, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley, and Olivia Plender take longer views of history, tracing historical and revealing contemporary forces that have created abstract capital and the conditions for accumulation and private ownership. Hito Steyerl and Toril Johannessen visualise and abstract information, invoking recurrent states of crisis—financial, security, health—and reference moments of radicality, hope, fear, prosperity, recession.
Individual and collaborative contributors such as Maria Chehonadskih, Mark Curran, Angela Dimitrakaki, Eamonn McCann, John Roberts, Precarious Workers Brigade, Kerstin Stakemeier, Anthony Iles and Josefine Wikström will present their work and ideas during two public forums organised and moderated by Marina Vishmidt.
Free bus from Belfast on Saturday, September 7th
A free bus will run from Belfast and back on Saturday, September 7th, for the seminar and opening reception. The bus departs at 10 am from Golden Thread Gallery 84-94 Great Patrick Street, and returns at 10:30 pm from Void. To reserve a seat, please contact us.
CCA is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland/The Lottery Fund. Momentous Times is additionally supported by The Association of Art Historians, Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013, The Goethe Institut, London, The Mondriaan Fund, and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.
Mel Bradley via email at +44 (0)28 71373538 or email@example.com
Centre for Contemporary Art
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Derry~Londonderry BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland
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