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Jesse Jones, b.1978, Sarah Browne, b.1981

The Touching Contract2016

The Touching Contract proposes new ways of understanding the political gesture of touch through an immersive performance work. The work exists in two acts: the administration of a contract, followed by participation in the performance, which features an ensemble of women performers. The contract forms the basis of how audience members choose to participate in the performance, and was developed in discussion with an invited group of women. This group explored with the artists and the performers how women encounter the touch of the law every day, with and without consent.

The Touching Contract is part of the project In the Shadow of the State by Sarah Browne & Jesse Jones co-commissioned by Artangel and Create. Supported by ART: 2016, the Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising in the Republic of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Heart of Glass (St. Helen’s).

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Mediumperformance, artefacts, documentation and archive material
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4203
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Jesse Jones, Sarah Browne, The Touching Contract, 2016, performance, artefacts, documentation and archive material, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones b.1978

Jesse Jones studied sculpture at NCAD before completing an MA in visual arts practice at IADT in 2005. She teaches in Fine Art programmes at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork and has worked and exhibited extensively both at home and abroad. In 2017 Jones represented Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale. Jones' work takes many forms; from gallery-based films, installations and sculpture, to large scale public events and performance. She has collaborated with diverse groups, from opera singers and marching bands to activists. Her practice largely aims to excavate the hidden meaning within our popular collective consciousness, and she explores how historical instances of communal culture may hold resonance in our current social and political experiences. Her practice also reflects and re-presents historical moments of collective resistance and dissent. Politics have always been important to her artistic thinking.
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Sarah Browne

Sarah Browne b.1981

Sarah Browne uses social and sculptural processes of engagement to address non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. She works with film, sculpture and performance.
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