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LIVE Free Or DIE - Summer School with Emily Jacir

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LIVE Free Or DIE - Summer School with Emily Jacir


Dates: 23rd-26th July 2019
Cost: €250

With a special focus on migration and citizenship laws that regulate settlement and movement, 2019 artist Emily Jacir , Michael Rakowitz and Duncan Campbell will form a school for artists, filmmakers, curators, writers, musicians, dancers and academics over four days in July 2019. The school will examine contemporary arts practices in regard to the mechanics of the state, and will critically address perceptions of territories, borders, citizenship and systems of governance in relation to land and communities. The school will look at social justice, resistance, theories of emplacement and the potential creative acts have to effect social, political, local and international change. At the heart of this school, we will look at contemporary Ireland which is possibly the only bastion of free-speech left in “Europe”.

As poetic as it is political and biographical, Jacir’s work investigates histories of colonization, exchange, translation, transformation, resistance, and movement. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research. She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and deeply invested in creating alternative spaces of knowledge production internationally. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research and was recently the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah. Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); and the Herb Alpert Award (2011). Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). She currently lives around the Mediterranean.

Michael Rakowitz (b.1973, New York) is an American- Iraqi artist living and working in Chicago. In 1998, he initiate paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli,the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Instanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt , and Transmediale 05. He also has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Kunstraum Innsbruck. In 2018, he was commissioned to engage with the Fourth Plinth Programme in Trafalgar Square, London. His first major European survey exhibition made in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli, Turin opens in Whitechapel Gallery, London June 2019.

Duncan Campbell (b.1972 in Dublin, Ireland) lives and works in Glasgow. He is best known for his films which focus on particular moments in history, and the people and objects at the centre of those histories. He uses archive material as a route to research subjects and histories that he feels are important. The process of making the films becomes a means to further understand his subjects and reveal the complexity of how they have been previously represented. Although these histories are located in specific times and geographies they resonate with and inform our present. Extensive research into the subjects through archival material underpins all of the films and the histories Campbell chooses to focus on reflect his interest. Using both archival and filmed material, his films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. Campbell was the winner of the 2014 Turner Prize and represented Scotland at the 2013 Venice . In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9 curated by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Katerina Gregos and Dawn Ades, Belgium and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. In 2017, Wiels, Brussels hosted a solo exhibition on Duncan Campbell.

Course Requirements

Participants should come with a project that they would like to share with the group (i.e. formally present, interpret and disseminate). It can be anything from an artwork, an idea, a socio-cultural or political event, an action, an intervention, an exhibition. What is important is that each participant will have something to test out in the critical practice sessions.

Application procedure

This programme is open to artists, curators, filmmakers, writers, activists, landscape artists, musicians, dancers, and academics.

To apply for a place please submit:

a short statement or cover letter specifying what you wish to gain from the Summer School
a current CV / short biography
up to five images of your work (if relevant)
Applicants must also include a suggested text, reading or film related to the Summer School theme this year.

Materials can be sent in a single email or online transfer by 5pm June 16 to YXJ0YWRtaW4gfCBmaXJlc3RhdGlvbiAhIGll

Please note this four day course has a limit on places and is competitive.

For more information, please contact Jennie Guy at cHJvamVjdHMgfCBmaXJlc3RhdGlvbiAhIGll /

Image Credit: John McRae



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