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Essay – ‘Going to the Mountain’, Patrick Hall, Mary Ronayne and Anishta Chooramun, The Dock, July 2019 (Writer-in-Residence)

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He is going to the mountain. There is no shortcut and even though time passes, he never seems to get any closer. He has no way of knowing whether the Yellow Mountain is a hopeful or a cursed place – a cache of gold, a mound of butter, or a heap of dangerous sulphur. Read more…

Catalogue Text – Bernadette Kiely, ‘Finding Tenacity in Fragile Things’ (March 2019).

Finding Tenacity in Fragile Things  

Nobody tells you that it’s the objects that anchor you. Along the tributaries of bereavement, you will find yourself gratefully moored on occasion, by their robust and enduring symbolism.

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Extended Essay – ‘Here Not There: Why Are We Framing the Global Refugee Crisis as Something So Distant?’

War under existing conditions compels all nations, even those professedly the most democratic, to turn authoritarian and totalitarian”

– John Dewey

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Exhibition Review – Ursula Burke & Amanda Jane Graham, The Dock, December 2018 (Writer-in-Residence)

 

Ursula Burke ‘The Precariat’

Amanda Jane Graham ‘Stage Left’

(17 November 2018 – 5 January 2019)

 

Two concurrent solo exhibitions at The Dock variously consider how power dynamics – both intimate and systemic – manifest at the level of the individual. Reappropriating art historical conventions, theatrical tropes and visual culture imagery, both artists interrogate forms of violence, exploring the dichotomies of oppression, from public to private, provincial to global.

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Catalogue text – ‘Feed Your Head: The Speculative Futures of Rave’, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts

Feed Your Head: The Speculative Futures of Rave

 

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Interview – with Bassam Al-Sabah, Cecilia Danell & Marcel Vidal, ‘Finding the Line’, The Visual Artist’s News Sheet, Sept/Oct 2018

Finding the Line

JOANNE LAWS INTERVIEWS THREE EARLY-CAREER ARTISTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES OF MAINTAINING A PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AFTER COLLEGE.

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Catalogue text – Yvonne McGuinness, Holding Ground commission, May 2018

Becoming Visible: Transformative Actions and Fearless Speech

Anyone who experienced a 1970s Irish childhood, will know the infinite joys of spontaneous outdoor play.

 

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Exhibition Review – Marcel Vidal ‘SILVERFISH’, The Dock, March 2018 (Writer-in-Residence)

‘Black Matter: The Tyranny of Display’

A response to Marcel Vidal’s exhibition ‘SILVERFISH’ (14 April – 2 June 2018)

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Interview – with Brian Maguire; ‘Painting as Solidarity’, Visual Artist’s News Sheet, March/April 2018

Painting as Solidarity

JOANNE LAWS SPEAKS TO BRIAN MAGUIRE ABOUT HIS EXHIBITION, ‘WAR CHANGES ITS ADDRESS: THE ALEPPO PAINTINGS’, CURRENTLY SHOWING AT IMMA.

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Report – ‘Valuing Artistic Legacy’, IVARO Conference on Artist’s Estates, Visual Artists’ News Sheet, Jan/Feb 2018

Valuing Artistic Legacy

JOANNE LAWS REPORTS ON IVARO’S ARTISTS’ ESTATES CONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 2017.

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