Ignored for decades by official art history, Italian artist Carol Rama is now recognised as essential for understanding developments within contemporary art. Her influence can be seen in the work of a later generation of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Sue Williams, Kiki Smith and Elly Strik. Rama was belatedly recognised in 2003, receiving the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions.
This is the first substantial exhibition of Carol Rama’s work and comes to Dublin following exhibitions in MACBA, Barcelona, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and EMMA, Finland. With a selection of almost two hundred works, the exhibition offers a guide through the artist’s many creative moments. Neither exhaustive nor retrospective, The Passion According to Carol Rama is the most extensive presentation of the work of this artist to date. It acts as an attempt to recognise and restore a life’s work still unknown but nevertheless slated to become classic.
Born in 1918 in Turin, Carol Rama – never academically trained or faithful to individual art movements – developed a body of work over seven decades that is as unique as it is obsessive, Rama experimented with alternative materials, developing techniques for inventing new spaces of desire and her work challenges the dominant narratives around sexuality, madness, animalism, life and death.
The Passion According to Carol Rama, Exhibition view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 24 March - 1 August 2016
The Passion According to Carol Rama | Curators Conversation Wed 23 March, 6.30pm – 7.30pm / Johnston Suite / FREE Curators Teresa Grandas and Paul B. Preciado (dOCUMENTA 14) explore how Rama’s work offers anarchic representations of female sexuality, gender and politics which allow an essential revision of avant-garde movements of the last century. Followed by the exhibition preview and opening party. Listen back to this talk.
WHAT IS_? THEORY STRAND What is Phenomenology? Francis Halsall and Declan Long Sat 16 April, 12noon, Lecture Room Continuing with the talk series What is…? This talk introduces the theoretical framework of phenomenology as a concept to explore the structure of consciousness, aesthetics and our experiences of the contemporary art object. What is_? Theory Strand is in collaboration with MA Art in Contemporary World, NCAD. Listen back to this talk.
Curators Lunchtime Talks Fri 6 May, 1.15 - 2pm / Meeting Point, Main Reception / FREE Join Rachael Thomas, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA for an insightful walk through of the exhibition. No booking required.
Seminar | Sexuality, Identity & the State Wed 22 June, 2pm Comprising of presentations by artists, writers, curators, educators and psychoanalysts, this seminar address issues of gender, sexuality, identity and the state as it relates to the work of artists, Patrick Hennessey, Carol Rama and others. Participants will draw on queer theory, feminism and psychoanalysis across a wide range of disciplines, considering wider research agendas that span the history of art, culture and society. Chaired by Dr Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and writer on desire, gender and sexuality studies issues). Speakers include Sean Kissane (IMMA), Riann Coulter (F. E Mc William Gallery), Eibhear Walshe (Senior lecturer in the School of Modern English at University College Cork) and others.
This seminar is a continuation of the IMMA Modern Irish Masters Series,which aims to uncover different historical perspectives on an artist’s body of wor. The aim of this seminar is to provide the public with a deeper insight into the thinking and making of artist’s work where its subject matter address themes of gender, sexuality, desire and identity, in dissent to the state. Listen back to the full days seminar on our Soundcloud channel presented in two parts Part 1 and Part 2
Live Performance: Listen, Hissen, Hessin! Wed 22 June, 6.30pm - 8pm, East Wing Galleries Listen, Hissen, Hessin! is a one-night event happening throughout the Carol Rama exhibition. A roving soundscape, it is performed live over the course of the evening by six Dublin based visual artists working under the aegis of Hissen, featuring Karl Burke, Jessica Conway, Teresa Gillespie, Jonathan Mayhew, Suzanne Walsh and Lee Welch. This will be their first public performance as a six-piece experimental sound group. View photos from the live event here.
Lecture: Griselda Pollock - Carol Rama, Creative Practices as Dissidence in the Feminist Century Tues 12 July Re-thinking the Twentieth Century with Carol Rama and Modernist Artist-Women : Creative Practice as Dissidence in the Feminist Century Internationally acclaimed feminist theorist and art historian, Griselda Pollock is known for her consistent generation of feminist theory and new forms of visual and aesthetic analysis. Over forty years Pollock has explored the complex relations between femininity, modernity, and representation in modern and contemporary art, film and cultural theory. In this lecture Pollock will use the work of Carol Rama as a focus for a reconsideration of artist-women as figures of creative dissidence in modernist art and culture, reminding us of the radical gestures of feminist resistance to the perpetual menace of fascist thinking in all its forms. Listen back to this talk
Putting Framing in the Picture Sunday 17 July, 2.30pm, no booking required, meet at main reception Join Yvonne Woods from our Visitor Engagement Team for a fascinating tour of the stunning frames in our current exhibitions The Passion According to Carol Rama and Patrick Hennessy De Profundis. This tour will look at the values of framing and how it can change our view of the works it holds.
Artist Performative Response: Carol Rama/Aideen Barry Wed 20 July, 7pm Working between the personnel and kinetic, artist Aideen Barry presents a live performative film that invites the public to experience contested spaces of the domestic, studio and gallery as it relates to ideas of obsession, claustrophobia, and femininity in both artists’ practice.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with contributions by Anne Dressen, Maurizio Cattelan, Melissa Logan and Alexandra Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed), Lea Vergine, Teresa Grandas, Paul B. Preciado, and an interview by Corrado Levi and Filippo Fossati with the artist, amongst others.
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