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Join us for a morning of illustrated talks and readings by guest speakers exploring themes arising from the exhibition 'Hiwa-K Do you remember what you are burning?', on display until 13 February at Hugh Lane Gallery.

About the Hiwa K exhibition:

'In 1996, at age 21, the Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K fled Kurdistan on foot, embarking on a journey to Europe that lasted five months and twenty days. He lived in Germany for almost two decades and in 2020 he moved back to his birthplace of Sulaymaniyah, in Kurdistan. Do you remember what you are burning? is Hiwa K’s first solo exhibition in Ireland, bringing together works created over the past ten years.' More here

Contributors include:

Hiwa K, Artist

Aneta Szyłak, Curator of Nomus Museum in Gdansk

Clodagh Emoe, Artist; with Siniša Končić, Marie Clarie Mundi Njong and Jean Marie Rukundo Phillemon (Members of Crocosmia)

Anthony Downey, Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Birmingham City University

Chaired by Dr Cillian McGrattan, Politics Professor, University of Ulster

This event will take place on Zoom and those who book will be emailed the Zoom link in advance.

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Guest speaker biographies:

Anthony Downey

Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa at Birmingham City University. Recent publications include Heba Y. Amin: The General’s Stork (2020); Critique in Practice (2019); Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K (2017), and Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East (2016). He sits on the editorial boards of Third Text, Journal of Digital War, and Memory, Mind and Media, and is the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press, 2019–ongoing). Downey is also currently researching his forthcoming volume Unbearable States: Digital Media and Cultural Activism in a Post-Digital Age (2023).

Clodagh Emoe

Clodagh Emoe initiates collaborative projects and creates works that explore how meaning is formed through our connection with each other and the natural world. Her ‘exercises’, a term she uses to describe her event based participatory works are predicated on a gathering, calling people together to specific locations at specific times, for example, a forest at midnight, a flat due for demolition in Dublin’s city centre at dusk and a darkened, empty gallery in National Gallery of Ireland at night. Using strategies associated with ritual these artworks foreground experience and perception to create a space for ideas to be played out and ‘felt’.

Clodagh is currently developing Seed Studio, an proposed ecological community studio for IMMA’s Green Cube through her residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art Previous collaborative projects include Mystical Anarchism (2009-2013) with philosopher Simon Critchley, Creating the Common/The Unveiling (2010) a theatrical event parodying a failed unveiling of a monumental sculpture in sheltered housing, The Plurality of Existence… (2015-2017) and Crocosmia × (2018), with individuals seeking asylum and The Portal (2019) with playwright Shane Mhac an Bháird. These projects have been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, European Cultural Union, South Dublin County Council, Dublin City Council, PRTLI (IR) and ARHB, (UK). Her work has been commissioned both nationally and internationally; Serpentine Gallery, London, Taipei Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Nýló, Reykjavik, documenta XIII, Kaisel, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Project Arts Centre, IMMA, Dublin, Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art, The Model, Sligo, Grangegorman Development Agency, Maynooth University and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. Clodagh’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Arts Council of Ireland, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Limerick City Gallery of Art, The University of the Arts, London and the private collections of Anthony Reynolds and Kilfane Sculpture Garden. She has been awarded residencies at Banff, Canada, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Virginia, US, IMMA, Sím, Reykjavik, The National Art Studios and The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea.

Clodagh holds a BA in Fine Art from NCAD, Dublin, a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and a PhD titled Exploring the Philosophical Character of Contemporary Art through a Post-Conceptual Practice from GradCAM/DIT.

Hiwa K

Hiwa K (b. 1975) lives and works between Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan and Berlin, Germany. Hiwa K’s works have been included in group exhibitions including the 56th Venice Biennial (2015); documenta 14, Kassel (2017); Yinchuan Biennale, China (2018); Asian Art Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan (2019); Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_ Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2019); Anren Biennale, Sichuan, China (2019); and MOMA Ps1, New York (2019). Recent solo exhibitions include: Museum Abteiberg, Germany (2021); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2019); S.M.A.K. Museum, Ghent (2018); KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017) and KOW Gallery, Berlin (2016). His work has been awarded the 2019 Hector Preis and, in 2016, the Arnold Bode Prize and the Shering Stiftung Award.

Dr Cillian McGrattan

Cillian McGrattan lectures in politics. He previously taught at Swansea University and the University of the West of Scotland.

Cillian was awarded a PhD at Ulster University in November 2008 and was subsequently a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College Dublin. His PhD was updated, extended and published as Northern Ireland, 1968-2008: The Politics of Entrenchment (Palgrave Macmillan 2010).

He has also published the introductory guide to the Northern Irish conflict/Troubles, The Northern Ireland Conflict (Oneworld, 2010/2012) (with Aaron Edwards). His second monograph was published in October 2012 as Memory, Politics and Identity: Haunted by History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and an edited collection appeared in December the same year, Everyday Life after the Irish Conflict: The Impact of Devolution and North-South Cooperation (Manchester University Press, 2012) (co-edited with Elizabeth Meehan).

Cillian has published over 20 journal articles on themes of conflict, political violence and terrorism, conflict resolution, dealing with the past in post-conflict situations, trauma and peacebuilding, transitional justice, and Northern Irish nationalism. These have appeared in journals such as Political Studies, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Political Ideologies, British Politics, and Contemporary British History. Together with Stephen Hopkins, he co-edited a special section in Ethnopolitics on the politics of memory after conflict in divided societies and has also published eleven book chapters.

His most recent monograph, The Politics of Trauma and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Northern Ireland appeared with Routledge in 2016; he is due to publish an edited collection, Sunningdale and the Ulster Workers’ Council Strike: The Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017) (co-edited with David McCann) and The Promise of Peace (Manchester University Press, forthcoming) (co-edited with Stefanie Lehner).

Aneta Szyłak

Modern art curator, author, theoretician and institution creator; today the head of NOMUS. In 2015–2021 she worked as the representative for the creation of NOMUS at the National Museum in Gdańsk and as the president and artistic director of the Alternativa Foundation. Before that, she was the founder and head of the Wyspa Institute of Art (2004-2014), Alternativa Festival (2009-2016) and the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art (1998-2001).

Exhibition curator in Poland and abroad, including Rhizopolis by Joanna Rajkowska (Warsaw, Zacheta, 2021), Hiwa K: Wysoce nieprawdopodobne, choć nie niemożliwe (Warsaw, Zachęta, 2019), Niech poprzedza cię płomień (Białystok, Arsenał, 2020), Powolność (2018), Uniezwyklenie (2017), Uszczerbki i straty (2016), What’s plain invites pattern (public space, Sicily, 2015), Wernakularność (2015), Codzienność (2014), Hito Steyerl: Abstrakt (2014), Oliver Ressler: Wizje polityczne – Świat od nowa (2014), The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards (New York, ISCP Gallery, 2013), Materialność (2012), Buildings and Remnants (2012), Praca i Wypoczynek (2011), Estrangement (2010, 2011), Strażnicy Doków (2005), Palimpsest Muzeum (2004), BHP (2004), Architectures of Gender (SculptureCenter, New York, 2003).

Her interests include the issues of the theory of curating work and the role of art outside the area of art. She is the co-author of “The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating” (2013). Lectured at Bard College, New School, Queens College and NYU; worked as guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz and the University of Copenhagen. She is now in the process of writing her doctoral dissertation on Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorial under Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths University of London and the University of Copenhagen. A member of professional associations such as CIMAM, IKT and AICA.


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