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eva International launches “Artistic Justice: Positions on the Place of Justice in Art,” a series of international public symposia leading towards EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial in 2014.

Filipa César, "Cacheu," 2012. 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound, 10:20 minutes. © Filipa César.

eva International 2014
12 April–6 July 2014
Preview: Friday 11 April

Curator: Bassam El Baroni

“Artistic Justice: Positions on the Place of Justice in Art”
Prequel symposium series

This series of symposia is curated by Omar Berrada, a writer and translator who grew up in Casablanca and lives between Morocco and France, and Doreen Mende, an author, curator and researcher based in Berlin, at the invitation of EVA 2014 curator Bassam El Baroni.

Saturday 14 December
“Documenting, Rewriting, Forgetting, Excavating: Doing History Justice”
Mary Immaculate College, UL, Limerick
Curated by Omar Berrada

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 January 2014
“Translating in/Justice”
Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech
Curated by Omar Berrada

Saturday 22 March 2014
“It Makes us Think of a Dance and a Fête as Much as of War (On Violence)”
IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Curated by Doreen Mende

All events are free and open to the public but numbers are limited. To reserve a place, please contact @">@.

“Documenting, Rewriting, Forgetting, Excavating: Doing History Justice” is the first in this series of public symposia and is situated at the intersection of art, history, and justice. It is concerned with the laws of history and the histories of justice, as they are seen through artists’ eyes, and as they are mediated by recording and exhibition techniques.

The inaugural symposium takes place in Limerick—home to EVA International—on 14 December. The speakers will tackle the various ways in which art grapples with justice and history, through practices of documenting, rewriting, forgetting, and excavating. They will each focus on examples culled from specific historical and geographical contexts, which include Post-Troubles art in Ireland; anti-colonial liberation struggles in Guinea-Bissau; The Equity and Reconciliation Commission in Morocco; The Rwandan Genocide seen through the eyes of Finnish lawyers; and the Spanish Civil War through the archives of a German writer. The symposium will conclude with a screening of Nos lieux interdits (Our Forbidden Places), directed by Leila Kilani, 2008–9.

The next symposium, “Translating in/Justice,” will take place at Dar al-Ma’mûn, Marrakech on 24 and 25 January 2014, followed by “It Makes us Think of a Dance and a Fête as Much as of War (On Violence)” on 22 March 2014 at IMMA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. This series of international public symposia is a new venture for EVA International and has been initiated by Bassam El Baroni as a prequel to his edition of Ireland’s Biennial in 2014. EVA International is very pleased to have forged a new partnership with Dar al-Ma’mûn and looks forward to the discussions that will take place between Ireland and Morocco in the lead up to EVA 2014.

Speakers:

  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an artist based in London. He is part of the group running Batroun Projects in Lebanon and 113 Dalston Lane in London.
  • Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker who was born in Porto and lives in Berlin. Her recent solo exhibitions include Luta ca caba inda, Jeu de Paume, Paris.
  • Carles Guerra is an art critic and independent curator based in Barcelona. From 2011 to 2013 he was Chief Curator at MACBA.
  • Leila Kilani is a Moroccan film director who trained as a historian. Her latest feature, Sur la planche, was presented at the 2011 Cannes film festival.
  • Declan Long is Co-Director of the MA ‘Art in the Contemporary World,’ National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was a member of the jury for the Turner Prize 2013.
  • Oliver Rees is an artist based in London. He is currently completing a practice-based PhD at Middlesex University titled “Drawing as Tragedy.”

Photo: Filipa César, “Cacheu,” 2012. 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound, 10:20 minutes. © Filipa César.