Stories around borders
Hugh Lane Gallery is delighted to present the international group exhibition Worlds Without End - a rich and diverse series of visual stories centered around the concept of borders. The existence of local and international borders has many histories with a current increase most recently seen as a result of Brexit.
“In 2000, there was a total of fifteen fortified borders, walls and fences between sovereign nations. Today it has increased to sixty three.” - Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Borders tend to be the location of international trouble spots. Political turbulence and displacement of people as well as the drive towards an ever-increasing economic globalisation creates a complex contradiction. On the one hand we see a utopian vision of open borders, while on the other, a rising populist push towards border fortification. Another consideration is the creation of psychological frontiers known as borderisation – the mindset that borders create which further exacerbates the strain on cultural and social conditions.
“Worlds Without End encompasses the perpetuity of time - reflecting on the rise and fall of empires in looking at how borders are erected and demolished in the rhythmic flow of human revolution.” – Barbara Dawson
Worlds Without End features artworks by international artists Lieven De Boeck (Belgium); Tania Bruguera (Cuba); Elaine Byrne (Ireland); Tony Cokes (US); Chto Delat (Russia); Dor Guez (Israel/Palestine); Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Jordan); Dragana Jurišić (Croatia); Ari Marcopolous (Netherlands); Raqs Media Collective (India); Dermot Seymour (Ireland) and Mark Wallinger (UK), many of whom are exhibiting in Ireland for the first time. These artists bring together their individual experiences of international borders.
Provocative and captivating this exhibition is not to be missed.
Worlds Without End is curated by Michael Dempsey, Hugh Lane Gallery’s Head of Exhibitions and Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York. The exhibition is conceived as a research-based collaboration between the two organizations, drawing on Hugh Lane Gallery’s prominent role in Dublin’s civic and cultural life, and the Rubin Foundation’s engagement with art and social justice programming in New York City.
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