As part of our 2021 programme MART is delighted to announce ‘FRAGMENT MOUTH’ an exhibition of performance documentation, video and drawing selected from a substantial body of work developed over the past number of years by Dominic Thorpe. The work in FRAGMENT MOUTH comes from an ongoing exploration of empathic embodied and contextual responses to collective memory related to Ireland’s history of institutional abuses and conflict. This includes work that explores the complex reality of perpetrator trauma that occurs within contexts of atrocity and gets passed through generations.
MART’s 2021 programme focuses on providing a range of opportunities for Live Artists through workspace, exhibition and live event space to develop, present, document and critically discuss their work. The programme includes artists from across the country and of all career levels, in order to build, strengthen, and support arts in Ireland. With a growing body of performance artists in Ireland, whose work has a power to speak to audiences through practices that are rich and diverse, we are proud to focus on this exciting discipline, to provide a platform for the temporal nature of performance and its artists.
About the Artist:
Dominic Thorpe is an Irish visual artist who works primarily with performance art, as well as drawing, video, photography, installation, collaborative and relational based processes. Thorpe has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including at the Bangkok Cultural Centre, Performance Space UK, The Golden Thread Belfast, Galway Arts Centre, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Bergen Museum of Art, SASA Gallery Adelaide and Mobius Boston. He has work in a number of public collections, including the collection of the Arts Council of Ireland. Much of Thorpe’s recent work addresses contemporary and historical human rights abuses and perpetration, as well as individual and collective memory. He has completed a number of residencies, including at the Nordic Arts Centre, Fire Station Artist Studios Dublin and was the first artist in resident in humanities at University College Dublin. Thorpe has received funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, CREATE and Kildare County Council. Throughout his practice, he has engaged with artist-run initiatives as well as inclusion and education-based projects, and is currently on the board of directors of Arts and Disability Ireland and of the Fire Station Artist Studios.
Kindly Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and The MART Gallery & Studios.