Clodagh Emoe and Crocosmia, 'The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time'

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The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expanse of Space and Time is a collaborative project devised and developed by artist Clodagh Emoe and a group of individuals seeking asylum in Ireland. This group are called Crocosmia, their name derived from Crocosmia × Chrocosmiiflora, a wildflower found all over Ireland that originates from South Africa. Crocosmia are Siniša Končić, Annet Mphahlele, Marie Claire Mundi Njong Jean-Marie Rukundo Phillemon, Peter Rukundo and Saida Umar.

The project began in the garden of Spirasi (Ireland’s only non-government organization for survivors of torture who are asylum seekers) where the group found a corm of the plant Crocosmia. Poems written by the group informed a series of site-specific audio works on bridges and boardwalks in Dublin, Cork, Carlow and Galway and an exhibition at Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art. This anthology of poems marks the culmination of the project. These poems revealing hidden narratives offer an alternate reading of community that is centered on relations that are formed across categories of nation, race and culture. This book designed by John Sherwin, includes an essay by Prof. Briget Anderson and is prefaced by Dr. Clodagh Emoe. All proceeds go to MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland).

Clodagh Emoe has initiated collaborative projects that engage with an understanding of place as a space of meaning and how meaning is formed through our connection with each other and the natural world. These projects include Mystical Anarchism (2009-2013); Creating the Common/The Unveiling (2010); The Plurality of Existence…(2015-2017); Crocosmia × (2018); and The Portal (2019). Her work has been commissioned by Serpentine Gallery, London; Taipei Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Nýló, Reykjavik; documenta XIII, Kaisel; Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin; IMMA, Dublin; Visual, Carlow; and The Model, Sligo. 

165 x 240mm