Agitation Co-op is an exhibition that investigates the subject of landscape from a range of alternative vantage points; not only social and political ideologies but also mapping and topography. The exhibition includes artworks by Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, and Libita Sibungu. It is accompanied by this online screening programme highlighting films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, and Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.
The screening programme provides additional narratives about the ways in which land is controlled, disrupted and reconfigured to suit the requirements of capital and political strategies. These plans often represent ideas of progress and development from a position of power, which inevitably impact on the lives of those who have, until that point, inhabited the landscape on their own terms–whether it is an area of a city or an entire country. The films explore the relationships between technological advancement and labour, colonial and industrial occupation, extraction of natural resources and displacement of communities. In many cases these contemporary conflicts are the residual effects of deep-rooted oppression, and this selection of films calls attention to hostilities that would otherwise remain hidden below the surface.
Image: Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society (DDWPS), Made Ground, 2019 | 22:02 min | Photo: DDWPS. Courtesy the artists. Collection of the Arts Council of Ireland