Turas | Journey
Turas | Journey: Glebe House & Gallery Churchill
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Turas | Journey
Glebe House & Gallery
Three contemporary artists explore themes relating to Saint Colmcille, born beside the Glebe Gallery 1500 years ago. Bassam Al-Sabah, Aideen Barry, and Sean Hillen look at topics such as authenticity, worth, journeys, relocation and repositioning.
Bassam Al-Sabah works across digital animation, painting, sculpture and textiles to convey intricate visions of war, resistance and perseverance. Themes such as displacement, nostalgia and personal mythology are explored through reference to Japanese anime cartoons, which were dubbed into Arabic and broadcast throughout the Middle East from the 1980s to today.
Aideen Barry is a performance artist who also makes animations, films, drawings and sculptures. She looks at the familiar and reinterprets it. Barry feels at odds with the way things are and out of place in the world. She asks her audience to observe amplified behaviours and to look at their own humanity.
Sean Hillen works in many mediums but is best known for his collages. He takes a wary look at Irish life and how we consume information and propaganda. Hillen looks at how we move through our world and navigate everyday life and attribute worth to our surroundings and inner selves.
This visual art ‘journey’ will traverse through Donegal’s cultural landscape via a multi-venue exhibition featuring Irish based artists exploring the societal shifts that shape our collective identity.
Turas will run from June to September 2021 as part of the national ‘Colmcille 1500’ celebrations and present current work from a selection of established and emerging artists, chosen to represent a wide range of contemporary practice throughout Ireland.
Participating venues – Artlink Fort Drunree, An Gailearaí Ghaoth Dobhair, Glebe House & Gallery Churchill and Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny.