Dr. Clodagh Emoe
We Are and Are Not in The Body Electric
The Model, Home of the Niland Collection, Sligo
We Are and Are Not (2015)
HD film installation
Artist: Clodagh Emoe with the Sligo Film Society
Cinematographer: Kate McCullough
The Body Electric explores the human form, embodiment and the lived experience through key works from The Niland Collection. Artists have long been interested in representing the human figure in art. From early cave drawings, to formal portraiture and performance art, artists have utilised the human body as a subject matter to explore identity, to form social and political narratives, and to express beliefs. The works in this exhibition examine aspects of the way in which the human figure and the human spirit are evoked and represented in artworks to express the essence of what it is to be human, and the way in which we are all connected.
Eternity by the Stars, I &II in Periodical Review X
Online at Pallas Projects
9th December 2020–28th February 2021
Eternity by the Stars, I &II (2019)
HD film x 2 running concurrently/ indefinite duration
Clodagh Emoe in collaboration with sociologist Dr. James Merricks White, (Örebro University, Sweden)
For this milestone 10th iteration of our long-running curatorial project Pallas Projects asked 20 selectors from around the country to each choose a work from the last decade that holds a particular resonance with them, alongside a short written reflection on the work and its context.
Together these provide a multi-subjective survey of a 10-year period that covers a financial crash, a property bust to boom cycle, epoch-defining social transformation in Ireland in areas of same-sex marriage and abortion rights (and ongoing social ills of the homelessness crisis and Direct Provision), set against a seismic attitudinal shift in our relationship to social media and our personal information, the planetary Climate Crisis, the rise of populism around the globe, and now, a global pandemic that has fundamentally altered almost every aspect of our daily lives.
The Plurality of Existence… in Hindsight 2020
Rua Red Arts Centre, Dublin
11 December 2020 – 12 March 2021
A three year collaborative project with individuals seeking asylum in Ireland, supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, National Sculpture Factory, Cork and the Galway Arts Centre. This project began in the garden of the Sprasi Centre (Ireland’s only organisation for survivors of torture who are asylum seekers and/or minority groups) and resulted in the formation of the collaborative group Crocosmia; Siniša Končić, Annet Mphahlele, Marie Claire Mundi Njong, Jean Marie Rukundo Phillemon, Peter Rukundo and Saida Umer.
Poem’s written and recited by Crocosmia were compiled in a series of site-specific audio installations created for the River Barrow, Carlow, the River Lee, Cork, the River Liffey, Dublin and Claddagh Bay, Galway. These poems also featured in an exhibition at Visual, Carlow and an anthology of poetry, also titled The Plurality of Existence… featuring an essay by Dr. Bridget Anderson (Oxford University). The poems of Crocosmia are included in this group exhibition.