OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2008 - Too Early For Vacation

Ireland's pre-eminent annual exhibition of contemporary art opens to the public Fri 7 Mar 2008 in Limerick City. Selected by Hou Hanru the exhibition will present the work of 45 artists (28 OPEN and 17 INVITED) drawn from 17 countries of Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Too Early For Vacation An excerpt from Hou Hanru’s exhibition introduction:
The fundamental change in the nature of contemporary art from quasi-underground, activist and avant-garde activities in the 1970s when e v+ a was founded to becoming a part of the late-Capitalist and consumerist cultural establishment has actually launched an intellectual, ethic and even political challenge to the art world itself. Then, what’s the real social significance of contemporary art today? How can a firmly grass-rooted event like e v+ a still make sense in the age of globalisation, dominated by certain established but limited models of production, representation and consumption, and yet continue, as well, to engage itself in the transformation of local reality? Click here to download Hou Hanru's full exhibition introduction

Participating INVITED e v+ a 2008 artists:
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (USA/Cuba) / Chen Shaoxiong, Gimhongsok, Tsuyoshi / Ozawa (China, Korea, Japan) / Chen Wenbo (China) / Allan de Souza (Kenya/UK/USA) / Latifa Echakhch (Morocco/FR) / Malaki Farrell (IRL/FR) / Seamus Farrell (IRL/FR) / Ni Haifeng (China/Netherlands) / Yang Jiechang (China/FR) / Ian Kiaer (UK) / Adrian Paci (Albania/Italy) / Taro Shinoda (Japan) / Shahzia Sikander (Pakistan/USA/Germany) / Hague Yang (Korea/Germany)

Participating OPEN e v+ a 2008 artists:
Alan Bulfin (IRL) / Mark Clare (IRL) / Martina Cleary (IRL) / Common Culture (UK) - Ian Brown, David Campbell, Mark Durden / Angela Darby & Robert Peters (NI) / Aideen Doran (NI) / James Gormley (IRL) / Ailbhe Greaney (IRL) / Fiona Hackett (IRL) / Henna-Rikka Halonen (Finland/UK) / James Hayes (IRL) / Catherine Hearne (IRL) / Nina Höchtl (Austria) / Emma Houlihan (IRL) / Sarah Hurl (IRL) / Ruth Le Gear (IRL) / Terry Markey (IRL) / Tricia McCarthy & Vertigo Smyth (IRL) / Mairéad McClean (UK) / Maeve McElligott (IRL) / Dara McGrath (IRL) / David O'Kane (IRL) / John Reardon (UK)

About the Curator:
Hou Hanru, is a Paris – San Francisco based critic and curator. Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of Exhibition Studies and Museology at San Francisco Art Institute.. Born in 1963 in China and moved to Paris in 1990s, he is an Advisor (professor) at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Visiting Professor at HISK, Hoger Instituut voor Shone Kunsten, Antwerp, Beligium, Member of Advisory Committee of De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, French correspondent of “Flash Art International”. He was also a member of Global Advisory Committee of Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis

The e v + a story:
A group of Limerick artists began e v + a in 1977 as a way of bringing their work as contemporary artists into mutual close encounters with audiences so that, together, sense and meaning could be made in and of the world all shared. More than three decades on e v + a is still an artist centered exhibition and has become the Republic of Ireland's premier annual exhibition of contemporary art. Previous e v + a curators include Klaus Ottmann (2007), Katerina Gregos (2006), Dan Cameron (2005), Zdenka Badovinac (2004), Virginia Perez-Ratton (2003), Apinan Poshyananda (2003), Salah M. Hassan (2001), and Rosa Martinez (2000).

Image caption, right: Ruth LeGear, tear drops in wonderscape, mixed media installation
OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2008 - Too Early For Vacation

Event Title: OPEN / INVITED e v+ a 2008 - Too Early For Vacation
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