Sebastian Cichocki curates the Irish biennial EVA International

  • Sebastian Cichocki curates the Irish biennial EVA International

Sebastian Cichocki, MSN's chief curator, is curating the upcoming 40th edition of EVA International - Ireland's contemporary art biennial, one of the oldest artistic events in Europe.


The biennial, titled 'The Gleaners Society', will launch at the end of this summer in as many as 17 venues across Limerick. As well as galleries and museums, exhibitions are to be sought in places such as a primary school, a pub, a university, a 15th century cathedral and the city's oldest vegetarian restaurant.

The starting point for the concept of the biennial was research into the historical and social consequences of aftermath, the right, known almost all over Europe, for people without their own land to collect straw and grain after the harvest. This is a useful metaphor, but also a working method for the exhibition, which is the voice of the 'post-harvest society': those involved in climate activism, sustainable agriculture, horticulture or experimental education. Contributors to the exhibition include Kian Benson Bailes, Jeamin Cha, Rosalind Fowler, Léann Herlihy, ikkibawiKrrr, Navine G. Dossos, Li Mu, Rory Pilgrim, Sana Shahmuradova Tanska, Diane Severin Nguyen, Iza Tarasewicz, Deirdre O'Mahony, Natsuko Uchino and Lala Meredith-Vula.

The opening weekend, 31.08-2.09, will feature performances by, among others, Polish singer Antonina Nowacka and Korean performer bela, and exhibition curator Sebastian Cichocki will be interviewed by James Bridle, author of the acclaimed technology and climate books 'New Dark Age' and 'Ways of Being'.

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