CMF Visual Arts Curators in Residence Pluck Projects announce selected artists for CONNECTION
CONNECTION reflects on our post-Covid moment, and on our unprecedented and paradoxical experience of shared isolation and confinement. Róisín O’Gorman and Michael Murphy’s Terminal Moraine and Amna Walayat’s In the Name of Shame think broadly about the concepts of community, care and connection and the encounter with the artwork.
Pluck Projects: ‘We are really excited to be presenting Róisín O’Gorman and Michael Murphy’s Terminal Moraine and works from Amna Walayat’s series In the Name of Shame. These artists explore the idea of connection, community and care in new and interesting ways that will tie in to our broader theme of CONNECTION, an analysis and reimagining of how we can come together in the wake of the pandemic.’
Amna Walayat is a Cork-based Pakistani-born emerging mixed media visual artist. Her current practice is based on traditional and neo-Indo-Persian Miniature painting, expressing her hybrid cultural experiences and her position as migrant artist. Her work is currently included in the yearlong exhibition The Narrow Gate of Here and Now at IMMA (2021-2022), 191 RHA (Oct 2021) She has recently mounted her work with Smashing Times in Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival in Chester Beatty and Mill Theatre (15-24 Oct) and a two-person show at LHQ (March 2021).
She is interested in the promotion of South Asian Art and Culture in Ireland/ Europe. She has independently established Pakistan Ireland Arts Exchange and Working with Cultural Action Europe as MENA Cultural Agent for advising policies. Currently she is working on her community-based project “South Asian Community Museum” as Creative Producer in Residence with Cork County Council. Amna has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History Theory and Criticism from UCC, and an MA in Fine Arts from Punjab University, Lahore. She is a member of Sample-Studios, BAN, Art Nomads, Smashing Times and VAI. She is a recent recipient of Arts Council Ireland’s Next Generation Award and Agility Award 2021.
Róisín O’Gorman is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at University College Cork. O’Gorman’s projects articulate the joint-space between arts scholarship and arts practice. Using creative methodologies from theatre-making and theoretical frameworks of performance studies, this work aims to push boundaries in concepts and methodologies. Having developed a diverse practice as a scholar, somatic practitioner and artist, this work reflects an integration and cross-pollination of these realms. Working collaboratively across a range of projects, the key focus is on the creative and moving body at the centre of medical and environmental arts projects. This experimental and creative approach continues to evolve and offer new practice and research possibilities.
Michael R. Murphy is a faculty member of the School of Visual and Media Arts at the Univeristy of Montana, where he began working after a career as an actor in theatre, film and television, both in New York City and Los Angeles. Since then he has worked as a director and creator across multiple disciplines, including theatre film and opera, as well as video and interactive media design and installation work. His collaboration with Roisin O’Gorman began during his Fulbright residency in Ireland in 2012 when the two created the video and performance work sleepwalker #1. They began the work that became Terminal Moraine in the last days before lock-down when they were fortunate enough to be on site together in Cork. The rest of the project’s development has been done through long-distance exchanges of media, conversations on the value of dis-integrating long standing systems and ideas, and the assumption of various fictional identities to navigate the irreality of the present.