Ireland's Biennial 2016 call

Still (the) Barbarians

EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art will be curated by Koyo Kouoh, independent curator and founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal.

EVA 2016 will be titled ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated. The biennial programme will address artistic, architectural, literary and critical positions that interpret colonial effects on the psyche, landscape and imagination, and that continue to shape our present condition.

Artists’ projects will be selected through an open call for proposals. Proposals are invited from individual artists or groups in response to the curatorial project ‘Still (the) Barbarians’ and in the context of the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Proposals for works in any medium are accepted, and for the presentation of existing works or production of new projects. Artists can make up to 2 proposals and there is a application fee of €25 for 1 proposal or €35 for 2 proposals. Selected artists will receive exhibition fees and production budgets as appropriate.

The online application process is now open and closes at noon IST on Monday 15 June 2015.

About Koyo Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh is an independent curator, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar and curator of ‘FORUM’, the education programme at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York. In collaboration with Rasha Salti, Kouoh is currently working on ‘Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy’, a three-year research, exhibition and publication project to be held at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow in June 2015 and September 2016. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.

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