We are delighted welcome you all to our current closed & online exhibition, A Reluctant Mirage: An NCAD Art In The Contemporary World (ACW) MFA 2020 Graduates Exhibition, 2021, 19 – 28 February, 2021. The National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the NCAD Gallery are very happy to be able to host and to give the class of 2020 graduates this opportunity to exhibit their work. This is an opportunity for us to support the graduate class of 2020 in realising the culmination of their work and study they would have ordinarily presented in June of last year, 2020.
We have devised a number of ways to access the content of the exhibition online during Covid-19, and are fortunate to take advantage of the architecture of the NCAD Gallery window that faces onto Thomas Street, Dublin 8, where part of the exhibition can be viewed by our passing on-street audience.
A Reluctant Mirage speaks to the cultural zeitgeist of detachment, virtuality, resistance, and ideological reshifting that has pervaded throughout the past year. In a time of global crisis, the struggle to create is challenging. A longing for the immediate past, and desire for the increasingly distant future, permeates our days. We exist in a collective limbo, both isolated and together at once. As the horizon shifts, our future dawns and sets in a haze of mere speculation. Amid this distortion, the churning of living has slowed to a cycle of existence. A Reluctant Mirage survives as a collective narrative, a resistant force that is propelled by a necessity to merely continue, to merely finalise, to merely squint at the vibrating horizon and draw a breath.
Exhibitors: Aoife Banks, Dominique Crowley, María del Buey, Brendan Fox, Seanán Kerr, Gráinne Murphy, Jessica Neville, Orlaith Phelan, Paul Roy.
Image Detail: VITA (Virtual Isolated Terrestrial Area) group collaboration, avatar by Brendan Fox. Photography: NCAD Gallery.