126 presents Making Visible I & II and Vigil by Ceara Conway
28th March – 12th April 2014
Making Visible is a series of performances that have been created through a process of engagement between Ceara Conway and ‘Able Women’, a group of women who are currently seeking asylum in Ireland. During 2013 the artist met with various members of the group in Galway with the intent to create a series of song and voice performances that were both artistic and political at their root. Drawing upon the Irish tradition of Caoineadh, ‘keening’ where a bean caoineadh would lament on behalf of an individual or community, the artist asked ‘Able Women’ members to choose a lament that was meaningful to them and to choose a site in Galway City for it to be sung. A site that was pertinent to an aspect of their experience living within the Direct Provision system. Excerpts from interviews that took place between the artist and the group were also incorporated into the work. Collaborating on these performances were singers and musicians Noirin Ni Rian, Veronika Ncube, Juliana Erkkonen and Moises MasGracia.
As part of this exhibition the artist will hold vigiI at 126 from the 7th -11th of April, 6pm- 7pm.
For each Vigil individuals involved with the Direct Provision system will be invited to hold the space with the artist and to explore the current issues of Direct Provision through conversation and song. These vigils are open to the public.
This commission is supported by the Arts Council and managed by CREATE.
Ceara Conway is an artist and singer from the Connemara Gaeltacht in the west of Ireland.
Since 2001 she has been commissioned to create an extensive number of large scale public art commissions nationally and internationally including ”Vicissitudes” (2013) commissioned by ‘Difference Exchange’ and the Derry City of Culture and her most recent work ”Making Visible” (2013- 14) supported by the Irish Arts Council managed by CREATE.
Ceara’s practice utilises a wide range of materials and approaches including sculpture, photography, performance and song to produce multidisciplinary, site and issue specific works. She has received several Awards and Bursaries from the Arts Council, Ealain na Gaeltachta and County/City Arts Offices. In 2012 she received a Paul Brady Scholarship from the World Academy of Music University of Limerick.
2014 works to date include:
A residency with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum/Atlas Arts Commissioned by Broad Reach; Solo Performance for the National Gallery of Ireland for their 150th Anniversary.