Art Train to EVA
A trip to the 38th EVA International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Limerick (www.eva.ie), co-hosted by the MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, Parity Studios Artist in Residence Programme and
Draiocht Art Centre, with additional support from UCD College of Social Science and Law, 6 June 2018
We had a powerful day of artwork made all the more inspirational by the lively exchanges on the train to and from Limerick!
Comprised of artists, educators, cultural workers, change agents, thinkers and activists representing 10 countries, the day was shaped by many spontaneous art historical and political expositions arising through the regional- and cultural-specific lenses of everyone there.
Our trip happened in the midst of not only increasing racist-based hate crimes, but by awkwardness, anxiety and willful ignorance among Irish society and institutions in response to voices challenging these circumstances. This is despite the decades that had passed since the country’s demographic shift from one characterising Ireland as a country of emigration to one of in-migration. And it is a result of responses that have consistently failed to involve simple yet sustained meaningful, critically reflective and dialogic engagements with the people most affected and thus the best able to lead the way toward positive change.
This happening drew together a now ongoing community of practice seeking to embody and mobilise such change.
The group included: Tuqa Al-Sarraj, Catherine Barragry, Jimmy Billings, Dyuti Chakravarty, Habeeb Eyinola, Alice Feldman, Vedant Govi, Adrienne Greenwalt, Aisling Hill, Mia Mckie, Michael McLouglin, Farah Mokhtareizadeh, Chinedum Muotto, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Emer O’Boyle, Levi Omokaro, Rebecca Omokaro, David Parada, Alice Rekab, Arti Yadev
Further details forthcoming
about ongoing projects
Sasha Huber, visual artist
Artistic Renegotiations of Archive,
Memory & Place
a critical exploration of decolonial aesthetics
25 February 2018
Massive day with Sasha, pictured here with the class from Art, Knowledge and the Politics of Social Change
Rentyhorn - The intervention, 2008
Sasha Huber spoke about a selection of art projects relating to her long-term artistic research project that evolved through engagement with the cultural activist campaign Demounting Louis Agassiz, which has advocated for the renaming of Agassizhorn in the Swiss Alps to Rentyhorn, in honor of the Congolese-born enslaved man Renty and of those who met similar fates. Louis Agassiz (1807–1873) is celebrated in the history of science as an important glaciologist who was one of the discoverers of ice age theory. But, he also was one of the most influential proponents of 'scientific racism’ in his adoptive country, the United States of America from 1846. Agassiz studied and photographed enslaved Africans in the places of their suffering and argued that they were innately inferior. He advocated strict racial segregation, ethnic cleansing, and government measures to prevent the birth of interracial children whom he considered unnatural.
Sasha Huber is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th la Biennale di Venezia in 2015, and the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014. She holds a MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and is currently undertaking doctoral research on racism through the lens of art at the Department of Art at Aalto University, Helsinki .
On a visit to UCD Parity Studios, with Director Emer O'Boyle, discussing her work on visibilising women astrophysicists; and with Catherine Barragry 2018-19 Artist in Residence for the College of Social Science and Law and Alice Feldman; and with students Jimmy Billings and Nada Yehia at dinner
UCD Festival 2019 Exhibition
A New Strategic Partnership!!
Our Kick-Off Meeting, in Brussels, Sept
L-R: Alice Feldman UCD, Zef Berisaj, Ilaria Bessone, Ophelie Mercier, Olga Sorzano, Silja Kyytinen; Matthias Vermael (centre), Shadi Zmorrod (front)
However, critical analyses and international reports highlight a gap in intercultural, reflective skills and awareness about power sharing dynamics that shape the relationship among circus trainers, the managing staff of circus organisations, and the communities and participants with whom they engage.
This is an Erasmus Plus Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices project funded by the European Commission, that convenes a Strategic Partnership in the field of education, training and youth. The project aims to promote intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and social inclusion by expanding the skills of social circus trainers working with youth from migrant, refugee and ethnic minority backgrounds. Through the engagement of practice-led and arts-based research, it will develop and disseminate a training programme of innovative skills and best practices of intercultural dialogue necessary for effective anti-racism and social inclusion interventions, for circus youth workers, trainers and organisations.
Social circus is an innovative field of youth work, whereby social circus trainers operate as youth workers through the tools of circus arts. The positive impacts of social circus on participants’ development and well-being, on community empowerment and social transformation have been highlighted by extensive research.
Zaltimbanq, (Coordinating Partner, Luxembourg), Altro Circo (Italy)
Caravan Circus Network (Belgium), Circusplaneet (Belgium),
Sirkus Magenta (Finland), Skala (Slovenia), the Palestinian Circus School (Palestine) and
MA Race, Migration & Decolonial Studies in association with the UCD School of Sociology