IMMA is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland by German-American artist Andrea Geyer. When We features several recent works by Geyer as well as the new immersive work Collective Weave (Ireland), 2018, commissioned by IMMA for this exhibition.
Geyer’s work provokes a radical re-thinking of time. She studies our present by charting histories through a de-familiarizing, transgressive, feminist lens. The resulting works invite a viewer to re-think, re-enact and re-imagine their relationship to past time and how it informs the way they experience the present. As the artist recognises,
Art is not dead… [it] is constantly, through our living, in the making” (Insistence, 2013)
In this way, Geyer creates a nuanced space of potential, a vital tool for empowerment and action amidst today’s cultural, social and political systems. The title When We suggests this potentiality; that we can do something, that something may have happened, or indeed can still happen. When We is therefore both a suggestion and an affirmation.
The exhibition at IMMA focuses on Andrea Geyer’s current body of work – an ambitious investigation into the formation of modern art, its institutions and their histories. Featuring performance, text, photography, installation, sculpture and video, the exhibition unfolds as a series of salons, each with its own mood, or as the artist describes, each creating its own particular “universe”. These are spaces made for lingering, to give time for collective thought where critical reflection can otherwise be diluted by the drone of contemporary culture. Combining fictional and documentary strategies, the works within these salons, such as Constellations (2018), Manifest (2017), and Revolt, They Said (2012 – ongoing), honour and celebrate ideas that have been and continue to be marginalized or obscured.
The newly commissioned work Collective Weave (Ireland), 2018, is an expansive floor-to-ceiling installation of white linen featuring iridescent silver patterns of drawings. The drawings are derived from Irish queer magazines, posters and flyers dating from 1970 to the early 1990s. Raising questions around identity, community, representation, and visibility within museums, with this body of work Geyer seeks to champion art as a fundamental necessity and propose alternative possibilities within our contemporary lives.
The live work No Wind Shuts Eyes Open (2017, 2018) is a song composed by Andrea Geyer as an impromptu performance in museum galleries. The song can be learned by anyone and sung alone or in groups. Over the course of Geyer’s exhibition at IMMA, the work will be performed by IMMA staff in the exhibition galleries of IMMA Collection: Coast-Lines on sporadic occasions.