Preview: 6–8pm Thursday 22nd September
Exhibition continues: Friday 23rd September – Saturday 8th October
Gallery open: 12–6pm, Thursday–Saturday
Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Art Nomads—Karvansarai کاروانسرای the fifth exhibition of our 2022 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.
‘Karvansarai’ and forms of this word are recognised in Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and many cultures across the ancient trading routes of the world. A ‘kārvān’ or caravan is a group of traders, pilgrims or other travellers, engaged in long-distance travel and a ‘sarāy’ is the palace, a building with enclosed courts, a welcome place of rest for the wayfarer.
Art Nomads is a collective whose membership is made up of artists from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, Kurdistan, Syria, Poland and the UK. Their transcultural exchange and collective art practice is a reflection of them as immigrant artists from different nations, many fleeing from wars, insecurity as well as injustice from their respective nations to a rendezvous in the Republic of Ireland.
Their first show ‘Transhumance: The Nomadic Artist: Part of this Land’ in 2020 formed an energy which brought these artists like birds in migration together. They bonded, they felt they shared a creative space together, unity in diversity became their strength. Working hard together, they have developed a sense of cohesion, like the tail of the Ostrich.
The new work ‘Karvansarai’ a meeting and resting place for migrants from the long and tough journeys of life has come out of their Arts Council funded project ‘Souk/Bazaar’. This participatory process included others from academia, community development, activism and migrant solidarity from China, India, South Africa, USA and Ireland. Together they have produced a multi-screen film and sculptural installation which traces the artists’ journeys from their workshop spaces to the bare windswept landscape of The Burren in County Clare and the comfort of a winter fire. Above the rock platform, the camera like an eagle’s wings has spread far and wide, carried by the wind, hovering in the sky to open an inventive place for this diverse group of people.
The artist makers Muhammad Achour, Antonio D’Souza, Hina Khan, Tomasz Madajczak, Roxana Manouchehri, Joe Odiboh, Rajinder Singh, Amna Walayat and Insaf Yalçinkaya who come from a range of cultural and dispersed global locations are also from a spectrum of art praxis; architecture, painting, movement based art, miniature painting, poetry, sculpture & video installation. They have worked on Karvanserai with Spanish Irish-based filmmaker Helio León, Irish sound artist Mick O Shea and producer Laragh Pittman.
Culture Night : Many Voices
Friday 23rd September 4-8pm
Art Nomads, an artists collective made up of artists who have all come to live in Ireland from many parts of the world, present an expanded cinema installation from their ‘Souk/Bazaar’ participatory process. The artists who have roots across many cultures from India, Pakistan Syria, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Malaysia, Poland, and Kurdistan have collaborated on a film artwork captured by these words “We came alone across this bare windswept rock, In winter, in rain and low light, The Burren at the far west of Europe, Gathering together from every worldly place, To share life around a glowing fire”. Members of the group will perform short multi-lingual spoken word pieces during the evening and will offer some traditional sweet tastes from around the world.
Register here to attend online or in-person at iD8 Studio
Thursday 29th September 1-3 pm
Webinar with keynote speaker curator Annie Jael Kwan and guests from Nhà Sàn Collective and Streetview Anderlecht. In this presentation, curator, researcher and educator, Annie Jael Kwan, reflects on the radical entanglements of diasporic criticality, lived experiences and speculations that expand ideas of space and time. Weaving the interpersonal and professional, diasporic attention offers potentialities to reimagine new and old worlds.
Art Nomads is a collective of culturally diverse artists living and practicing in Ireland. With very different experiences and heritages as well as art and design specialisms, they each have their own individual practice across a range of media from urban design to miniature painting, video installation and sculpture. As well as staging exhibitions and events, Art Nomads aims to work as a capacity builder and advocate for artistsfrom diverse and minority ethnic backgroundsin Ireland. Early on during the groups formation, members attended the launch of the Equality, Human Rights and Diversity Policy in 2019 and individuals have gone on to be consulted by the Arts Council in its ongoing implementation.
Current members: Muhammad Achour, Antonio D’Souza, Hina Khan, Roxana Manouchehri, Tomasz Madajczak, Joe Odiboh, Rajinder Singh, Amna Walayat & Insaf Yalçinkaya. Artist Laragh Pittman is working as administrator and sometimes curator.
artnomads.ie | @artnomads_ireland
Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 8 x 3-week exhibitions taking place from March-November 2022. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.
Full Artist-Initiated Projects programme
Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council
Image description: 1. A photo made from the bird’s view showing a group of people standing by the table. Rocks and grass visible in the background.
2. A graphic with large beige text reading: Art Nomads 22/9/22- 8/10/22. In the lower part there is a large bright inverted text reading: Artist Initiated Projects 2022. In the middle of the graphic there is a logo of Pallas Projects/Studios showing letters PP/S on the black square. The background is light blue.