Michele Horrigan is an artist and curator whose practice revolves around the legacies and potentials of environment and site. She employs video and photography in an investigative manner to research and represent hidden or overlooked narratives, creating new forms of knowledge in the process. Horrigan has considered the role of bauxite refining and its environmental consequences in her ongoing Stigma Damages, while other projects such as Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns? probe how mythology and Hollywood movies have created surprising real-life narratives both in Ireland and the United States.
Her curatorial energies have an emphasis on working with artists in site-specific or context-led roles. Since 2006 she is founder and director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts (ACA), facilitating artist residencies, exhibitions and publication production in rural southwest Ireland. Many ACA projects have been presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals. Horrigan is editor and publisher of ACA Public, an independent press established since 2014. Her writing, essays and articles have been commissioned for among others, Mousse Publishing and Bomb Magazine.
September 2019 – March 2020
This invited residency has been established to research the parallels of what it means to hold residencies and host engaged artistic practices in locations and situations which offer differing geographical, political, historical and everyday situations. This collaborative research programme opens opportunities to continue a series of conversations aiming to identify and support connections, models of practice and programming of national and international value.
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