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New Commission for 2016:

In the Shadow of the State, Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones. Research image: Ferry Dublin To Holyhead, Miriam O’Connor (2015).
In the Shadow of the State, Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones. Research image: Ferry Dublin To Holyhead, Miriam O’Connor (2015).


Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones: In the Shadow of the State

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, and London based arts organisation Artangel are delighted to announce an exciting new commission.

How did the female body come to be the focus of repressed histories and political desires under the regulation of the State?

In the Shadow of the State is a new project by artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones, marking their first collaboration together. In this work the artists will investigate the role of the Nation State in the control and regulation of the female body, particularly through our contemporary legal and judicial systems.

The artists will work in Ireland and the UK, expanding on existing networks of solidarity between women that often remain invisible or written out of the usual postcolonial narrative. The artists will take the role of shadow researchers, tracing the contours of existing non-institutional activist structures of support that enable women to navigate state repression against the female body, particularly related to reproductive rights. These 'shadows' will be mobile, performative research events staged by the artists and open to an elective community of interest. Together, these ‘shadows’ will work collaboratively to illuminate new possibilities for autonomy and embodied resistance.

The Irish Sea, the channel of water between the islands of Ireland and Great Britain, is a key territory for this project both symbolically and physically. The ambition is to locate the work between the UK and Ireland by casting into the space in between. This site for the work creates a new possibility for estrangement of national identity by foreyonding current legal and political boundaries.

In the Shadow of the State will be realised in public form in both Ireland and the UK in 2016, coinciding with the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland with additional support from Dublin City Council Arts Office. It is to be co-produced by Artangel andCreate, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.

Artist Biographies

Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland. Her research-driven practice investigates the labour and materiality of how we communicate and create meaning through exchange and transaction. This process often includes the production of objects that are used to instigate discussions about economy, ritual and value: these generate further material such as film, radio projects and printed publications. Collaboration is fundamental to how the work is developed, whether with practitioners from other disciplines (anthropology, dance, amateur radio) or certain individuals whose experience become key to the narrative of a given project. These include the overlooked and the deceased (artists Charlotte Posenenske and Cynthia Moran; architect Eileen Gray) as well as the living, in an attempt to forge an unexpected series of correspondences.

Recent exhibitions: ‘The Invisible Limb’ at basis, Frankfurt, 'Hand to Mouth', CCA Derry-Londonderry and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); 'The Peacock', Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; 'One Foot in the Real World', Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; 'Still, We Work', a touring commission for the National Women’s Council of Ireland (2013); 'How to Use Fool’s Gold', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); 'Minimalism and Applied II', Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and 'Unto This Last', Raven Row, London (2010). In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and their collaborative practice, Kennedy Browne. Forthcoming projects include a durational collaborative project with CCA Derry-Londonderry and a residency at the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt in 2015. She currently lectures at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones is a Dublin based artist. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Her films and videos explore historical gestures of communal culture through processes of disruption and ambiguity which may hold resonance in our current, social and political landscape. Jones often employs Brechtian theatre techniques of estrangement to play out narrative s of conflicted or dystopic communities. Drawing from the archival research she has recently developed works with transcripts of encounter therapy groups from the late sixties and early seventies. Using these as scripts to be performed by actors as verbatim theatre, the script becomes a dramatisation of the moment of origin rather than re-enactment. With a strong reference to the history of cinema, Jones use melodrama and performance to heighten the re-experiencing of the archival material. Seeing group therapy as script reveals the interpersonal exchanges and textures of gender, sexuality, race and class as the fabric of social construction itself.

Solo exhibitions include 'The Other North', Artsonje Centre, Seoul and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry (2013); 'Sleepwalkers', The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, (2012); 'The Struggle Against Ourselves', Spike Island, Bristol (2012) and REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011). She also took part in Real DMZ project, on the border of North and South Korea in summer 2013. Jones will be participating in group exhibitions in 2014 such as 'Otherwise', Alternativa Festival WYSPA, Gdansk, Poland; 'Invisible Violence', Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade and ARTIUM Basque Country; 'The Talking Cure', Oakville Galleries, Toronto and IMA Brisbane, Australia. Other forthcoming exhibitions include 'Primal Architecture' at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Seoul Media City Biennnial at SEMA Seoul Museum of Art 2014 and a solo exhibition at The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. The final artwork from ‘The Prosperity Project’ a major commission by Jones , for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) will be completed later this year.

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Based in London but working across Britain and beyond, Artangel commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists.

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