A thought provoking new international exhibition ‘You Are Now Entering. . .’ opens tomorrow, June 2, at 6pm at Artillery Street’s Centre for Contemporary Art.
This show presents works by a diverse set of established and emerging artists from around the world, including participants from in Northern Ireland.
Artists in the exhibition are Inbal Abergil; Chen Chieh-jen, Carlos Garaicoa, Shilpa Gupta, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Miguel Martin, Carlos Noronha Feio, Roman Ondák, Amy Yao, Carey Young, Carla Zaccagnini, and Derry artist Locky Morris.
The show is curated by Miguel Amado and draws on his ongoing research into the imagination of Northern Ireland that has been carried out through an experimental curatorial residency with CCA Derry.
You Are Now Entering. . . analyses the conflict society that marks current times. Strife is no longer characterised exclusively by military engagement; it encapsulates more and more other situations of disruption, including urban violence, migratory fluxes and mass protest. In the conflict society, unrest is global.
The title of this show is borrowed from the Free Derry Corner, a square that symbolises opposition to British rule in Northern Ireland.
However, by excluding the words ‘Free Derry’ it also refers to the original expression: ‘You Are Now Entering Free Berkeley’. This catchphrase appeared on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, within a free-speech campaign during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Furthermore, by bearing an unfilled blank, it suggests that this statement has resonance elsewhere.
The show opens tomorrow, June 2, at 6pm at Centre for Contemporary Art.