Artist Talk | Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream – How to use monuments for Good and Evil at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre

 

Artist Talk | Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream - How to use monuments for Good and Evil at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre Date/Time
Date(s) - 25/03/2022
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Website
https://www.birrtheatre.com

Email
info@birrtheatre.com

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Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival curator & visual artist Caroline Conway in association with Birr Theatre & Arts Centre invite you to Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream – How to use monuments for Good and Evil with the Irish launch of the book Empty Columns are a Place to Dream by Ric Kasini Kadour and an exhibition responding to the empty column in Emmet Square by Birr Community School 6th year art students.

A panel discussion with some of the artists (in-person and online) that participated in the Empty Columns are a Place to Dream exhibition as part of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival in 2021 will also take place.

Empty Columns are a Place to Dream was exhibited during Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival in 2021. Curated by Ric Kasini Kadour, eighteen national and international artists participated in this collage exhibition and responded to the empty column in Emmet Square, examining the meaning of monuments, reimagining them as sites of truth and reconciliation.
The Irish launch of his book Empty Columns are a Place to Dream featuring the collages of eighteen artists from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Poland, South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom who made a series of collages that reimagined the empty column in the centre of Birr, which from 1747 to 1915, commemorated the Duke of Cumberland’s 1745 victory over the Scots at Culloden.
Ric Kasini Kadour‘s book unpacks what monuments are and their role in our communities. He takes the reader on a tour from the Megalithic Temples of Malta to Brú na Bóinne in Ireland to the Confederate monuments of Obion County, Tennessee to the empty column in the centre of Birr,  Kadour asks us to consider monuments as sites of collective memory and as places to reflect upon history, even when that history is false or misleading.  He then shows us what happens when collage artists reimagine these spaces as sites of truth and reconciliation.

Booking is essential at Birr Theatre & Arts Theatre, www.birrtheatre.com

 

Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream is funded by Birr Theatre & Arts Centre and is part of the Arts Council funded Spectacular Vernacular- Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary, In the Open/Faoin Spéir programme and Offaly County Council.

In the Open | Faoin Spéir Offaly is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and is a collaborative partnership led by Offaly County Council’s Arts Office with Birr Theatre and Arts Centre and Birr Festivals Collective.  The aim is to develop an exciting and innovative curated programme of outdoor events, to take place in Birr, Lough Boora, in conjunction with the Sculpture Park and Tullamore.

 

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