The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project
at the Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin
6th September – 30th November 2014
Curated by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is a collaborative art project which brought together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2013. The eight participating artists were: Colin Martin RHA, Brian Fay, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.
Each artist was invited to develop an initial image which was then emailed on to the next artist in the group. The second artist responded to it by working over it or manipulating it in some way before passing it on to the next artist to work on until each of the eight artists had worked on all of the images. The title “Palimpsest / Rianú” refers to the original palimpsests – ancient manuscript pages which were erased so that they could be reused and overwritten – and Rianú, the Irish word for tracing.
The eight digital prints in this exhibition are the final stage of a collaborative process which was developed between artists from the Gaeltacht and from outside the Gaeltacht on the theme of how we deal with the other in our lives – other people, other ethnic groups, other nations. The Pearse Museum was chosen as an apt location to exhibit this project because of Patrick Pearse’s special interest in bi-lingual education. Each artist has also created an individual artwork responding directly to the themes and context of the museum.
This project was initiated by Cló and the Living Archive and curated by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn. Cló and the Living Archive is an artist-led initiative developed by Ian Joyce and Oona Hyland in the Donegal. Ian Joyce’s work also features in this exhibition.
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