The purpose of Distro is to explore the medium of artist publishing and bookmaking by showcasing various artistic methods from a diverse group of artists to further develop a better understanding of the practice in rural areas of Ireland. The collection holds a variety of works from photobooks and punk zines, to literature and design. With themes from motherhood and activism, to satirical illustrations and stories for children, Distro has something for all audiences. Distro features over 90 works from a range of artists and collectives from all across Ireland and abroad. Proudly taking place during the Cavan Arts Festival 2023.
Close Your Eyes and I’ll Close Mine is an attempt at conceptualizing an artists' book (a photobook to be specific) in the form of alternative exhibition space. It aims to survey some of the experiences of motherhood through a personal narrative. Through found imagery based from my childhood, the small but important everyday tasks of motherhood are represented by observing and de-constructing the images, with the aim to reveal a new context through the ephemeral photographs. This is the first piece of the research based curatorial project, mothering spaces.
TENDER is publication designed, printed, and distributed by the students of MA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD in response to the National Gallery’s contract with Aramark, a multinational corporation who provide catering services to three Direct Provision centres in Ireland as well as being one of the largest providers of catering for the American prison system. This project is a sincere and measured inquiry into issues such as institutional ethics, public procurement law, and Direct Provision, explored through the medium of postcards.
This group project was an attempt to visualise the multiplicities of African and Diasporic modernism(s) across the globe. The history of modernism has most often been viewed through white European and American lenses, and the unique iterations of African and diasporic modernisms have often been ignored or denigrated. The project aimed to materialise the content from Okwui Enwezor's The Short Century by pasting it in public spaces. By disseminating the content in this way, these artworks become more accessible to a wider audience. This method also bypasses the constraints of the institutional spaces that have excluded African and Diasporic modernisms for so long (ie, the gallery, the museum, or the university. This format is conceptualised as the intersection between the need for a space that is highly visible (the public) and accessible to all to avail of it as a platform for dispersion. In parallel, as opposed to a cultural institution, while we (and you) are taking the decision to put up the content, the same does not apply when it comes to taking it down, therefore stepping away from the role of the curator.
Group Members: Méabh McKenna, Isabella Utria, Lara Curran, Leda Scully