Pauline Cummins and Frances Mezzetti have an established collaborative history through their performance series Walking In The Way, which has been realised both nationally and internationally. Their invited residency at IMMA offers support to readdress and broaden the context of their performance archive through research and new contexts, offering the space to revisit and develop their work together.
With work in IMMA’s Collection and currently on exhibition as part of IMMA’s museum wide exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, Pauline Cummins’ performance and video work examines the human condition from a feminist perspective, focusing on issues of identity and gender as constructed within particular social situations and communities. Previous work has responded to the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse in Ireland, Cummins has worked within prisons and was the founding chairperson of the Women’s Artist Action Group, (WAAG). Cummins has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at venues including the RHA, Tate Liverpool and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
Frances Mezzetti has been involved in the study of and practice in performance art for the last 25 years, both in Ireland and internationally, which allows Mezzetti to communicate ideas and feelings involving the combination of research with spontaneous action in the moment. Collaboration with other artists is embedded in her practice through the realisation of live performances. Mezzetti’s influences include Amerta Movement with the late “Prapto” of Java and the principles of Move into Life with Dr Sandra Reeve.
November 2021 – June 2022
IMMA Invited supports Museum-wide programming in the realisation of ambitious onsite research and production. Pauline Cummins’ and Frances Mezzetti’s invited residency, with IMMA’s Engagement and Learning Department, offers support to readdress and broaden the context of their performance archive through research and new contexts, offering the support to revisit and develop their work together.