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Artist Conversation / Brian Maguire & Sarah Glennie
Thurs 25 Jan 2018 / 6pm / The chapel, IMMA Artist
Brian Maguire discusses his current IMMA exhibition War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings with Sarah Glennie,
Director, NCAD. This talk explores Maguire’s research and recent visits
to Syria, as it relates to his ongoing interests in social and
political situations and approaches painting as a gesture of
The exhibition will be open to talk attendees only from 5.30pm. Please bring your booking confirmation to secure entry.
IMMA Associated Talks and Events
Thursday 1 March 2018, 6.30pm / Lecture Room Seminar / Civil War – Historical & Contemporary Perspectives Speakers include Giath Taha (Photojournalist, Syria); Paddy Woodworth (Author, Journalist, Irish Times); Colm Laighneach (Member of Hidden Voices, an international conflict resolution body based in Ireland) and others.
Friday 16 March 2018, 1.15pm Meeting Point - IMMA Main Reception Curator’s Lunchtime Talk Series Benjamin Stafford, Exhibitions, IMMA presents a gallery walkthrough of the exhibition Brian Maguire, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.
Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1.15pm / East One Galleries Invited Curator’s Response – Michael Dempsey Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, explores the theme of war and the language of painting in response to Maguire’s new painting series, War Changes Its Address: The Aleppo Paintings.
Friday 27 April 2018, 2.30pm, Johnston Suite Seminar / Bearing Witness Creative & Critical Practice on the Frontline Speakers include Brian Maguire (Artist); Lara Marlowe (Author, France Correspondent and Journalist, Irish Times); Elisa Perrigueur (Filmmaker, Activist, Paris), Ed Vulliamy (Writer, The Guardian and The Observer, UK) and Razan Ibraheem (Journalist, Syria / Ireland).
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About the Exhibition
This new exhibition brings together Brian Maguire’s latest body of
work, resulting from a visit to Syria in 2017. It is shown in the
context of earlier work made in response to the refugee crises hitting
Europe’s shores as a result of the Syrian conflict. The Aleppo Paintings
document the ruined buildings of the city, offering a visceral and
stark insight into the physical consequences of war and the
international arms trade that fuels all conflict. As with all his work,
Maguire’s work is informed by first-hand experience of the city of
Aleppo and its people and is fuelled by a desire to see beyond the news
coverage to gain a personal insight into the reality of the situation.
Maguire’s paintings bear stark testament to the human suffering implicit
in his depiction of the building fragments left after the bombardment,
underlining the need for justice.
Maguire’s work emerges from social and political situations and a deep
engagement with a particular place or group of people. He approaches
painting as a gesture of solidarity and has undertaken projects in
prisons, women’s shelters and psychiatric institutions.
About the Artist
has shown extensively in Europe and the US, also participating in shows
in Korea, China and Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include Over Our
Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2016),
J’accuse, The Void, Derry (2015–2016); Fergus McCaffrey, New York
(2015); X Espacio de Arte, Mexico City (2013); European Parliament,
Brussels (2012) and Cultuurcentrum de Werft, Geel, Belgium (2012). In
2000, a major retrospective toured from Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh
Lane to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the Contemporary Art Museum,
exhibitions and biennales include IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art;
WIELS, Brussels; VISUAL, Carlow; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; RAM
Foundation, Rotterdam; National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Korea;
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Japan; Dublin Contemporary (2011); the
Beijing Biennale (2008) and the 24th Sâo Paolo Bienal (1998).
work is held in numerous public and private collections including the
Museum of Fine Art Houston, USA; IMMA; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh
Lane; Trinity College Dublin; Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland;
Gemeentemuseum, Den Hague, Netherlands; Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK;
and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.