Troubling Ireland,
Poster campaign and public hearing, Liberty Hall, Dublin, September 16th, 2011

In 2010 Danish curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion were commissioned by Fire Station Artists’ Studios to frame and convene a Think Tank for artists and curators in Ireland. Drawing on their expertise and experience in social, political and cultural activism, and in colonialism and post colonialism, Kuratorisk Aktion conceived the idea of ‘troubling’ Ireland. The Think Tank would provide a critical, aesthetic and discursive platform for socially engaged practitioners in which received notions of Irish identity, history and politics, and Ireland’s relationship to global capitalism, would be probed and unravelled.

Following a public call in 2010, Kennedy Browne was selected to take part in this process alongside Helen Carey (curator), Anthony Haughey (artist), Anna Macleod (artist), Augustine O Donoghue (artist) and Susan Thomson (artist and writer)

The Think Tank concluded in summer 2011 with a collective decision to produce work as an outcome of the Think Tank under the umbrella title of Troubling Ireland. This work would be imagined as a campaign.

This campaign had its initial manifestation in September 2011 with a public hearing in Liberty Hall, Dublin, the launch of the website and a two week public poster campaign in Dublin city centre. Each poster is an initial response from the participants to the concept of Troubling Ireland from their individual artistic and curatorial perspectives. In 2013 the artists will develop projects using their posters as departure points for exhibition in Limerick City Gallery in the Autumn. Kennedy Browne will explore the pheonomenon of Ireland as home to over 120 multinational pharmaceutical companies. See Ireland is Good for You*.

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Public hearing