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National Programme > Recent Projects

Hints of the Outside World, SOMA Contemporary

Hints of the Outside World features some of the most noteworthy film works from the IMMA Collection; the exhibition includes work by artists Caroline McCarthy, Carlos Amorales, Gillian Wearing and Dorothy Cross. This exhibition showcases IMMA’s diverse collection, shown for the first time at SOMA. This collaboration between IMMA and SOMA is designed to create access opportunities to the visual arts in fresh and interesting situations and locations in Ireland. This show presents major works acquired by IMMA: Dorothy Cross’s world of imagination is rich, and her work Ghost Ship, shown as part of Hints of the Outside World pays homage to lightships which once marked the treacherous reefs around the Irish coast, but have now all since vanished. In her work, Sacha and Mum, Gillian Wearing embraces all at once the revealing and the enigmatic, the encouraging and the disquieting, the loving and the menacing; the work has only been shown a handful of times since acquisition. Caroline McCarthy’s video installation Greetings, presents us an exploration of extending and meddling with spacial limits, and Carlos Amorales features work which is personally anecdotal, yet open to the viewers interpretations of the narrative.

Established in 2009 SOMA is an artist led space in Waterford City.  Its focus is to present and work with emerging local, national and international artists.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour exhibition guide.


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