Agitation Co-op is an exhibition that investigates the subject of landscape from a range of 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 an online screening programme highlighting films by Forensic Architecture, Melanie Smith, and Eva Richardson McCrea, Frank Sweeney and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society.
The aerial perspective of this exhibition is utilised by the four artists to survey areas of geographical unsettlement that span continents and hemispheres of the globe. This diagrammatic view of the surface level illustrates present-day activity: boundaries and borders, the division of urban and rural, and ways in which mankind has imposed itself on the landscape through industry and habitat destruction. What’s more, the artists, through their individual practices, uncover faults in the terrain, exposing previously obscured subterranean narratives from throughout history that link the processes of natural resource extraction and industrialisation to their effects on the environment, and surrounding communities. In an Irish context, this relates to historical colonial rule and fragmentation of the landscape, and how these issues are echoed by a systemic market venture from the Irish Government over recent decades. Taking an international viewpoint these fissures are strained further by the global economy, the threat of war and mass displacement of populations. The seemingly disparate landscapes in this exhibition, both local and international, are connected below the surface, kept out of view by global power systems, but are unearthed by investigatory and determined artistic practices.
Each artist has shared several images that have informed their research, which are displayed in the Gallery window and can be viewed from the street outside.
Michele Horrigan | Lives and works Askeaton, Co. Limerick. Exhibitions include 39th EVA International, Limerick (2020); El sauce ve de cabeza la imagen de la garza, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife (2020); Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns? (solo), The LAB, Dublin (2018); Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins, Flat Time House, London (2016); REVERSE!PUGIN, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford (2015); Stigma Damages (solo); Occupy Space, Limerick (2014). She is the Founder and Curator of Askeaton Contemporary Arts,
Catriona Leahy | Lives and works Co. Kildare/Dublin. Exhibitions include How the land lies, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh (2020); Pastures, The Library Project, Dublin; Fast Slow Fast, CCA, Derry (2019); Encountering the Land, VISUAL, Carlow (2018); Unfolding Landscape, De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, The Netherlands (2018); Rising, The Belfry, St John’s Bethnal Green, London (2017); Coup de Ville, 3rd Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art, St. Niklass, Belgium (2016); Relief in Time, (solo), Rijksmuseum Twenthe, The Netherlands (2015). She is a Three Year Studio Member at TBG+S.
Laurie Robins | Lives and works UK/USA. Exhibitions include ‘FREE TRADE OR ELSE’* (solo), at South London Gallery (2019), Transmediale, Berlin (2019), Whitney Independent Studio Program, EFA Project Space, New York (2017). The Political Animal, The Showroom, London (2017); Monitoring, 35th Kasseler Dokfest, Kunstverein Kassel (2017). He recently completed his MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London.
Libita Sibungu | Lives and works Namibia/UK. Exhibitions include Quantum Ghost, Spike Island, Bristol, and Gasworks, London (both solo, 2019); sand-worm, Whitstable Biennale (2018); 4717, RCA/LUX, Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (2018); Memento Mori, Kalashnikovv 3.0, Johannesburg (2018); DEBUNK, Arnolfini, Bristol (2017); History Lessons: Fluid Records, South London Gallery/Iniva, London (2017); Going Along Without a Body, Iklectik, London (2017); Lexis Over Land—Towards a Feminist Geography, Tremenheere Sculpture Gallery, Cornwall (2017); Gal-Dem WOC Friday Late, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2016); Beyond Words, Book Works, Central Library, Hull (2016); Hard Copy, Home.alone, Clermont–Ferrand (2016). Her work was included in the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.
Agitation Co-op was scheduled to open at TBG+S in July 2020. To mark the original opening date, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios presented a new work, ‘The Road to Recovery’ (1938), by exhibiting artist Laurie Robins. The artwork comprises a new recording of William F. Dunne’s radio broadcast ‘The Road to Recovery, Security, Democracy and Peace’ (1938), read by Julie Crowley and recorded in the Carpenters Union Hall, Butte, Montana in June 2020. Find out more about ‘The Road to Recovery’ (1938) here.