39th EVA International: New Dates and Phased Approach 

Originally scheduled as a concentrated 10 week programme, the 39th EVA International will now be delivered in three phases that will take place across various venues in Limerick city between 2020 and 2021. This approach has been developed as a practical response to the consequences of COVID-19, ensuring that EVA International upholds its commitments to artists and audiences in a way that is sensitive to ongoing public health concerns.

Phase 1 of the 39th EVA International will open on the 18th September and continue until 15th November 2020. The Phase 1 programme will include venue-based, online, and offsite presentations by artists including Bora BabociYane Calovski, Eirene Efstathiou, Laura FitzgeraldMichele Horrigan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Áine McBrideEmily McFarland, Eimear WalsheDriant Zeneli, and Women Artists Action Group (Archive of Pauline Cummins).

Venues include Limerick City Gallery of Art, The Hunt Museum, the Sailor’s Home.  All venues will be subject to protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of the visiting public, adhering to current government guidelines for cultural venues.

Programme Framework and Full List of Participating Artists

Taking its reference from the “Golden Vein,” a 19th-century descriptor for the agricultural bounty of the Limerick region, the 39th EVA International programme seeks to address ideas of land and its contested values in the context of Ireland today. Featuring venue- and non venue-based presentations, each phase will include elements of the Guest Programme curated by Merve Elveren (Little did they know) alongside artist commissions developed through EVA’s Platform Commissions and Partnership Project initiatives. The full list of participating artists is as follows:

Guest Programme:
Curated by Merve Elveren, The Guest Programme of the 39th EVA International (Little did they know) will feature artworks by artists Benji Boyadjian, Diego Bruno, Oisín ByrneYane CalovskiJasmina Cibic, Barış Doğrusöz, Eirene EfstathiouMinna Henriksson, Michele Horrigan, Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie, Amy Lien and Enzo CamachoHana MiletićDeirdre O’Mahony, Zeyno Pekünlü, Richard Proffitt, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie HastingsMario Rizzi, Aykan Safoğlu, Krista Belle StewartDriant Zeneli, and Women Artists Action Group (Archive of Pauline Cummins). The exhibition will also feature the presentation of four research projects led by curatorial partners: Betsy Damon Archive: Keepers of the Waters (Chengdu and Lhasa), led by Asia Art ArchiveDerry Film and Video Workshop led by curator Sara Greavu in collaboration with Ciara PhillipsSexuality of A Nation: Lionel Soukaz and Liberation Politics led by writer, curator and lecturer Paul Clinton; and The Reconciliation of the Blood Feuds Campaign, 1990-1991, led by curator and researcher Erëmirë Krasniqi (Oral History Initiative).

Platform Commissions:
Selected by Anne Tallentire and Merve Elveren for the 39th EVA International, artists Laura Fitzgerald, Áine McBride, Emily McFarland, and Eimear Walshe will present major new works that variously address ideas of environmentalism, land use, and housing activism.

Partnership Projects:
The 39th EVA International will also include new commissions developed in collaborative partnership with Irish and international organisations, including artists Em’kal Eyongakpa (in collaboration with IMMA); Orla Barry (in collaboration with Mu.ZEE); Bora Baboci; and Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan; and Inês Neto dos Santos (in collaboration with Magic Carpets Creative Europe Programme).

For more information, visit EVA International.

Images: Aykan Safoğlu, zirayet, visit, 2019. Film still, courtesy the artist / Em’Kal Eyongakpa, Bɔ́ Bɛtɔk, courtesy the artist; photo: Kene Nwatu / Blood Feuds Reconciliation Gatherings 1990, copyright Sali Cacaj / Orla Barry, Ode to the Mouflon Ewe, courtesy the artist.

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