Here’s the Artist List for the 2016 Ireland’s Biennial



EVA International–Ireland’s Biennial announced the artist list today for its 2016 edition. Titled “Still (the) Barbarians,” this year’s biennial features 57 artists, all of whom focus on the fallout of colonialism in their work. Koyo Kouoh, the founder of Dakar’s Raw Material Projects and the curator of the 1:54 African Art Fair, in both London and New York, will curate the 2016 edition, which opens on April 16 and runs through July 17.

“Still (the) Barbarians” is being held on the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, in which Irish Republicans led an armed revolt against the British in a fight for independence. In a statement, Kouoh explained that this year’s Ireland’s Biennial will be mindful of the historical context surrounding the centenary of this event, and also keep in mind her own history—she was born in Cameroon and felt the effects of colonialism in Africa.

“Ireland is the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, that was subsequently exported across the globe,” Kouoh said. “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.”

The artist list follows below.

  • Pio Abad (Philippines/UK)
  • Larry Achiampong & David Blandy (UK)
  • Philip Aguirre y Otegui (Belgium)
  • Kader Attia (France/Algeria)
  • Kostas Bassanos (Greece)
  • Eric Baudelaire (France)
  • Hera Büyüktaşcıyan (Turkey)
  • Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/USA)
  • Criodhna Costello (Ireland)
  • Jonathan Cummins (Ireland)
  • Godfried Donkor (UK/Ghana)
  • Samuel Erenberg (USA)
  • Theo Eshetu (UK/Ethiopia)
  • Mary Evans (UK)
  • Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley (Ireland)
  • Liam Gillick (UK)
  • Yong Sun Gullach (Denmark)
  • Carsten Höller (Belgium)
  • Dorothy Hunter (Northern Ireland)
  • Jeremy Hutchison (UK)
  • Joanna Hutton (UK)
  • Alfredo Jaar (Chile)
  • Michael Joo (USA)
  • Journal Rappé (Senegal)
  • Kapwani Kiwanga (Canada/France)
  • Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali)
  • Syowia Kyambi (Kenya)
  • Kemang Wa Lehulere (South Africa)
  • Leung Chi Wo (Hong Kong)
  • Charles Lim Yi Yong (Singapore)
  • Alice Maher (Ireland)
  • Bradley McCallum (USA)
  • Naeem Mohaiemen (Bangladesh)
  • Pádraic E. Moore (Ireland)
  • Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria)
  • Uriel Orlow (UK/Switzerland)
  • Ulrike Ottinger (Germany)
  • Alan Phelan (Ireland)
  • Johannes Phokela (South Africa)
  • Sarah Pierce (Ireland/USA)
  • Deirdre Power and Softday (Ireland/Sweden)
  • Public Studio (Canada)
  • Ican Ramageli (Senegal)
  • Amanda Rice (Ireland)
  • Willem de Rooij (The Netherlands)
  • Tracey Rose (South Africa)
  • Catarina Simão (Portugal)
  • Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor (Romania)
  • Vo Tran Chau (Vietnam)
  • John Waid (UK)

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