12/01/12—28/01/12

Give up the Ghost

Lorraine Brannigan, Shannon Flaherty, Emma Hogan, Jack Nyhan, Martina McDonald, Siobhan Mooney, Niamh Moriarty and Ruth Clinton

‘…the present is indefinite… the future has no reality other than as a present hope, the past has no reality other than as a present memory’. (Borges, J.L., 1961, Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.)

Give up the Ghost incorporates new and reconfigured work, writing and research by Lorraine Brannigan, Shannon Flaherty, Emma Hogan, Jack Nyhan, Martina McDonald, Siobhán Mooney, Niamh Moriarty and Ruth Clinton. The exhibition is informed by a variety of conjectures on the nature of time. The selected work is realised through a variety of media and addresses the idea of progression by placing emphasis on temporality, precarity, nostalgia and impermanence.

In Give up the Ghost, sculptural works emulate a skewed house of cards, alongside protuberances of polyurethane foam, next to performative photographic collage. Other photographic assemblages connect the Brussels Metro and the Burren in a still life-like-montage, and text pieces reflect on photography and the aesthetics of decline. Elsewhere, hand-made eagles are flung off a cliff in the reenactment of a recent conservation effort, while a series of paintings refer to lost photographs and discarded family albums.

The exhibition is a unique pedagogical component of the Pallas Projects Intern Programme, in which participants are able to test and utilise real world development in their particular area be it as an art-maker, writer, curator or co-ordinator.