BY SLIGHT LIGAMENTS | Aideen Barry at Limerick City Gallery of Art


BY SLIGHT LIGAMENTS | Aideen Barry at Limerick City Gallery of Art Date/Time
Date(s) - 16/12/2021 - 13/02/2022

Limerick City Gallery





A Solo show of New Works by Aideen Barry

curated by Sarah Searson

Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) is delighted to present Aideen Barry’s solo exhibition By Slight Ligaments, her most ambitious exhibition to date and the culmination of several years’ work. It includes film, sound, drawing, digital animation and several specially commissioned collaborations with artists, designers and craft workers. The Show is curated by Sarah Searson, one of Ireland’s leading independent curators.

To book tickets to a Limited Preview Tour of the Exhibition by curator Sarah Searson, Director Úna McCarthy and artist Aideen Barry on 16.12.21 click on the link below

Barry’s approach has been to think about the various spaces in LCGA as a body of nervous systems.

The title of the exhibition By Slight Ligaments comes from Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein,
emphasising the exhibition as a body of parts, stitched together through the collective talents of Barry and her many extraordinary collaborators. Included are writer Sinéad Gleeson, harpist, Aisling Lyons; composers and musicians, Fiona Sheil, Stephen Shannon and Cathal Murphy; and Canadian Inuit performer RIIT ᕇᑦ. Barry has also commissioned work from leading designers, Margaret O’ ConnorTropical Popical, and master carpenter, Charles Perpoil.

The works take over the various spaces in the Gallery, alluding to our intense human vulnerability and
disconnection as a society grappling with post-pandemic realities and environmental changes. Throughout
the exhibition sound and imagery overwhelm us; play with our senses, marking out connection, dislocation and our bodies in a changing world. Working across multiple sites of research, such as the Bunting Harp Collection archives, and with the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Music Network the exhibition refers to a collective state of denial, questioning a public’s aversion to acknowledging crisis, its impact and role in changing socio-political cultures and widening global inequality.

At the heart of the exhibition is Oblivion/Seachmalltacht/ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ, which receives its premier
in LCGA, a Irish Traditional Music Archive, Music Network, Bunting Commission Award. This is a spectacular performance, moving image and sound installation created by Barry in collaboration with internationally renowned Inuit Canadian singer and song writer RIIT ᕇᑦ, Irish harpist Aisling Lyons with costume design by Margaret O’ Connor.

Punctuated through the gallery are QR codes which will lead to pop up videos that can be viewed on a

smart phone and will give the viewer a background or context to some of the works created in the

By Slight Ligaments tours to the project partners Source Arts Centre, in Thurles in Tipperary in
March 2022 and then onwards to Paris to the Centre Culturel Irlandais in September 2022 with further
international partners bringing it to North America in 2023.

A live performance of the OBLIVION /SEACHMALLTACHT/ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᑦ work will take place on the 21.12.21 at The COMPLEX in Dublin and will be streamed on YOUTUBE on RTÉ , ITMA and Music Network’s Social Media Feeds. this is with the support of The Irish World Academy of Music Dance, University of Limerick, T he Canada Council for The Arts & The Embassy of Canada to Ireland.

A Catalogue in the form of a vinyl record will be produced to celebrate the show in 2022 and will feature  BEÁL, (All Silent But For the Buzzing) is a text/sound collaborative by Sinéad Gleeson and Stephen Shannon.. This exhibition catalogue is designed by Oonagh Young & HQ Design and produced by Limerick City Gallery of Art, Source Arts Centre and Centre Culturel Irlandais. Works in this exhibition have been supported through the generous support of the Arts Council of Ireland Project Awards 2021.

Carnegie Building, Pery Square, Limerick, Ireland. FREE ADMISSION
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Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm
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