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 we found a corm of this plant. Poems writen by Crocosmia 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. An anthology of poems by Crocosmia 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)
64pp. | 165 x 240 mm
Clodagh 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) with philosopher Simon Critchley, Creating the Common/The Unveiling (2010) a theatrical event parodying a failed unveiling of a monumental sculpture in sheltered housing, The Plurality of Existence…(2015-2017) and Crocosmia × (2018), with individuals seeking asylum and The Portal (2019) with playwright Shane Mhac an Bháird. Her work has been commissioned both nationally and internationally; Serpentine Gallery, London, Taipei Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Nýló, Reykjavik, documenta XIII, Kaisel, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Project Arts Centre, IMMA, Dublin, Visual, Centre for Contemporary Art, The Model, Sligo and Maynooth University. Clodagh has been nominated for the David and Yuko Juda Award UK and is currently undertaking IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme A Radical Plot.
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