‘An Act of Hospitality can only be poetic’ – Jacques Derrida
Featuring: Samuel Laurence Cunnane, Stephanie Deady, Willie Doherty, Vanessa Donozo Lopez, Anthony Haughey, Dragana Jurisc, Ronan McCrea, Isabel Nolan, Mairead O’hEocha, Kathy Prendergast, Tamsin Snow & Sarah Tynan
Inspired by a quote by Jacques Derrida, this exhibition curated by Linda Shevlin and Aoife Ruane seeks to present works that responds to themes of hospitality, identity, friendship and the multitude of journeys and conflicts encountered to attain them.
In response to ongoing and globally transformational international events, Bealtaine, the national May-time festival celebrating creativity as we age has adopted the theme of hospitality, hosting and welcome as a broad and multi-layered festival theme. However, there are deeper philosophical undertones to the principle of hospitality. That is, conflicting understandings, or disavowals of hospitality, are central to the current international geo-political crisis driven by mass migration/immigration. As we know all too well, these conflicted understandings impact on concepts of nation-hood, nation-states and identity, with often bloody outcomes. These undertones are underlined by historical interpretations of the concept, and more recently, Jacques Derrida’s philosophical work on the Ethics of Hospitality. In Derrida’s work, the concept of hospitality contains paradoxes in relation to how including those welcomed (cultures, societies, migrants) in the spirit of hospitality, necessarily implies others will be rejected and where curiosity in relation to the new or strange co-exists with fear of ‘the other’.
Organised in association with Age and Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine Festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.
IMAGE CREDIT: Still from The Lost Photographs of Alfred H., Ronan McCrea, 2005 – ongoing, projected 35mm slide