Still (the) Barbarians participating artists:
EVA International 2016 will take place alongside the 1916 Easter Rising centenary celebrations; and responding to this context, Still (the) Barbarians will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations will be articulated. The 1916 Easter Rising is a highly significant point in Ireland’s struggle for independence from British rule and the centenary of the Rising in 2016 will be a year of national celebrations. From this perspective, EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial offers a unique opportunity for reflection, comparison and questioning. In developing the curatorial project for Limerick during the centenary, Koyo Kouoh was very conscious of Ireland’s long and complex relationship with colonialism, while also reflecting on her personal experience with the legacy of colonialism as an African.
“Ireland is the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, that was subsequently exported across the globe. Colonialism’s physicality of domination, in terms of the shaping of architecture, civic spaces and the wider landscape; is accompanied by a psychological domination through the imposition of language, social structures, religion and prejudice. These are enduring considerations that continue to shape the world around us. However Still (the) Barbarians is not an exhibition embedded in the past, but the past is always present, and the future never really arrives.” Koyo Kouoh
In addition to the exhibition programme, a Federation of organizations across Ireland will host satellite projects and events in affiliation with Still (the) Barbarians, including Murder Machine curated by London-based Cameroonian curator Christine Eyene in collaboration with Ormston House, Limerick and a new partnership with IMMA | Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. An Activation programme will provide opportunities for discourse and dialogue in response to the exhibition, and Young EVA, with curator Katy Fitzpatrick and philosopher Aislinn O’Donnell, will facilitate a series of workshops between children, young people and participating artists. The Still (the) Barbarians programme will culminate with a Colloquium and Poets’ Recital co-curated by Koyo Kouoh and Rasha Salti.
EVA International is supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Limerick City and County Council Arts Office; the organization works in close partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick Institute of Technology. Still (the) Barbarians is supported by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, the Embassy of France in Ireland along with other trusts, foundations and patrons.