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Introducing the new IMMA Magazine

Mon Nov 26th, 2018

Welcome to the IMMA Magazine.

Publishing has been at the core of our programme since we opened in 1991. We have consistently written and commissioned texts about art and artists in books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, exhibition guides, resources, research articles, and essays. Hundreds of thousands of words across hundreds of thousands of pages. In the early years this was almost exclusively published in print, but we moved to more frequent online publishing in the last decade, most of which was housed on our old IMMA Blog.

This new Magazine is a coming together of everything we write or commission; from news pieces about IMMA and our programme and articles from our staff about the artists they work with and are inspired by, to interviews and commissioned articles from visiting artists, academics, critics, curators, thinkers and collaborators. All of our previous blog articles can be found in here, and it’s a section we will continue to build over the coming months and years.

With the development of this new website in 2018 we started to rethink how we publish across the site as a whole, not only in text form but images, audio and video as well. We’ve distributed articles and other content all over the site in the hope that you will find things of interest no matter where you turn, bringing you closer to the art and artists we work with.  The site will present these stories and pieces of content to you at different times, hoping to tempt you to explore further. But we wanted to create one specific destination on the site for when you wanted to spend some dedicated time exploring, reading and finding out more. The Magazine is that place.

If you want to stay in touch with what we publish you can visit this section regularly, or you can sign up for ‘The Edit’ –  a quarterly zine, delivered straight into your inbox. The Edit will have a different guest editor each edition, presenting a digest of the best writing and content from the Magazine, alongside newly commissioned articles, around a particular theme that’s being considered by our curators.

We hope you enjoy this new look Magazine, and that you return often. To help get you started you’ll find three of our favourite articles below…


Further Reading

Artist's Voice

‘Ogle’ by Doireann Ní Ghríofa after Carol Rama’s ‘L’Isola degli occhi’

We are delighted to be able to publish, for the first time, a new work by Doireann written in response to the current retrospective of Carol Rama here at IMMA (closing 1 Aug 2016).

by Doireann Ní Ghríofa / Fri Jul 29th, 2016
Artist's Voice

Ellen Altfest. The Relationship between Artist and Model

Looking at the return to figuration in contemporary art practice, Altfest is one of several artists invited to respond on the affinities and influences that contemporary artists continue to share with Freud.

by Ellen Altfest / Wed Aug 16th, 2017
Commission / Gallery Voices / IMMA Talks

The Devastation of the People

Dr. Lisa Godson, NCAD interviews Nancy Scheper-Hughes, the author of seminal anthropological text 'Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics', a key inspiration for artist Duncan Campbell's new IMMA commission.

by Lisa Godson / Tue May 2nd, 2017

Up Next

Sunset, Sunrise. Mapping Farmanfarmaian’s Significance

Sun Nov 25th, 2018
Exploring Iranian art in conjunction with the exhibition Sunset Sunrise by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian we invited London-based curator Vali Mahlouji, founder of Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD), to examine the relationship between revolutions and repression of art and artists tracing the socio-political situations that led to the Iranian Revolution and Islamic Revolution that saw artists of Farmanfarmaian’s generation seek political exile elsewhere. This blog draws on aspects on his ongoing research at the AOTFD and examine Farmanfarmaian’s cosmopolitan, modernizing impulses and undisciplined return to tradition against the background of the cross-cultural, and emphatically transnational histories of art in the 1960s and 1970s. The ‘Sunset, Sunrise’ exhibition was on view at IMMA from 10 August to 25 November 2018. In conjunction with my talk on Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, this blog draws on aspects of my ongoing research, as relates to the Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD). Founded in 2010, AOTFD is a non-profit research and curatorial platform which investigates and reactivates histories of nations condemned by social displacement, cultural annihilation or deliberate disappearance. Relying on archaeological forensics, AOTFD engages with accounts ...

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.