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Hadley+Maxwell (IMMA Production Residency with Project Arts Centre)

September 2014

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada in 1997 - working in a variety of media including video, installation and sound. Stemming from their commitment to collaboration, their work examines mediation as the threshold of intelligibility between the individual and the social. Hadley+Maxwells' writing and image-based projects have appeared in publications including the Fillip Review, Art Lies!, Public, C Magazine and F.R. David. They have exhibited their work internationally, including solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Kunstverin Gottingen (Germany) and Smart Project Space (Amsterdam). Hadley+Maxwell live and work in Berlin, Germany

Antonia Low

July - August 2014 & returning in Autumn 2014

The focus of Antonia Low’s artistic practice is placed on spaces and their potential as abstract stores of history and narrative. Hidden, forgotten and overlooked areas elude the customary lines of sight, permitting new possibilities as regards their use, purpose and charge. The functional, cultural, symbolic and architectonic characteristics of these “other” spaces and how they can be altered or emphasised through strategies of displacement or the reveal are central questions in her practice.

Antonia Low completed the two-year Dorothea Erxleben Grant at the HBK Braunschweig last year. The Städtische Galerie Nordhorn dedicated a solo exhibition to her work in 2011. She has been awarded the 2013 Bonner Kunstpreis followed by a solo presentation at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. A comprehensive publication will be published in October 2014 in a cooperation between the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Kunstverein Braunschweig.

Deborah Luster

August 2014 - October 2014

Luster is best known for the series 'One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana' which she undertook in 1998 with poet C.D. Wright. This collection of photographic portraits portrays prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Luster's work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chigago; Prospect 1 International Biennial, New Orleans, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Ballroom Marfa; the Bell Gallery, Brown University; and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR. among other venues. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Countly Museum of American Art and other notable public and private collections.

Stephanie Nava

July – September 2014

Starting with drawing, Stephanie Nava has developed a hybrid practice utilising installation, photography, animation and video. Her work is concerned with relationships, engagements and encounters with the outside world. Through exploring the shaping of situations by language, gestures, and space, it reveals coincidences and conjunctions, setting a stage for a strong interest in architecture and the built environment, and how they input to the functionality of communities. Nava’s work is a montage, assembling ideas as much as images or objects in an inherently narrative form, stories allow her to install concepts as underlying structures, mental constructions dressed with figures and décors.

Nava lives and work in Paris and Marseille. Her project Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory) has been exhibited successively in solo exhibitions worldwide. Selected recent exhibitions include presentations at Galery White Project, Paris; Viafarini DOCVA, Milan; Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; CCC, Tours; CAC, Malaga; Galleria Neon, Bologna; Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris; MAGA, Gallarte; Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin; INOVA Milwaukee; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Moly-Sabata / Albert Gleizes Foundation, Sablons; Le Parvis Art Centre, Pau and Le [mac], Marseille. In 2013 Nava was awarded the Partenaires Prize by the Museum of Modern Art of Saint Etienne including a major solo exhibition in November-December 2013.

Nava is represented by Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan and Galerie White Project, Paris.

Naomi Sex

July 2014 - January 2015

Naomi Sex is a Dublin based practitioner whose research explores what it means to be a contemporary, professional visual artist. Within this broad subject area, she looks at the ideological space between professional and amateur art practice, the activity of the artistic ‘opportunity seeking’ and how artists present themselves and their practices within various professionalised contexts. In recent projects such as The Synchronised Lecture Series, the artist devised a number of performance based lectures, aimed at operating as a playful commentary, critique and reflection on the contemporary discursive culture around artistic production. Naomi is a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and at The National College of Art and Design.

Sonia Shiel

May - Oct 2014

Sonia Shiels' far-fetched works are vested in make-believe and indiscretion. They are composed of paintings and sculptures, videos and animated sculptures that share overarching narratives and the central materiality of paint. Set in ungoverned, lawless and fictional environments, her protagonists in their various pursuits, are confronted by nature, worry, wonder and mortality, mocked by chance and other systemic obstacles of their own creation. She has had solo exhibitions at The Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin; The Model, Sligo; Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Kulturbunker, Frankfurt; The Galway Arts Centre; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny among others. Recipient of the Arts Council's Project Award, she has recently completed the 2014 Art & Law Program at Fordham Law School while participating on the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), in New York. Shiel's practice is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

Lee Welch

September 2014 - February 2015

Lee Welch (IRL/USA) completed an MFA at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and gained his BFA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He has received support from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Fire Station Artists' Studios Dublin.

Welch was recently awarded CCA (Derry) annual commission, Production Ireland, a Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland (2012) as well as a residency at the Banff Centre, Canada in 2010. His work has been featured in numberous exhibitions, most recently Two Exercises in Awareness and Observation - Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane; If What They Say Is True - CCA Derry; Screening Room: Dublin, Kolnischer Kunstverin, Cologne, Germany; Amikejo Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), Leon, Spain (2012); Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions curated by Raimundas Malasauskas, Antwerp; A Whole New Ball Game, Banff Centre (2010); and Non-knowledge, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2008).

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