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Join us for a dynamic conversation where artist Rachel Fallon who discusses her celebrated artistic practice and activists ideas, that are firmly rooted in the processes of making and collaboration. Fallon shares her preoccupations with the domestic realm, care, labour, craft, power relations, and women’s relationship to the state, as we reflect on the significant role that textiles plays within the artist’s work.

The talk opens with a presentation on several artworks featured in the IMMA exhibition The Narrow Gate Here-and-Now, within the chapters, Social Fabric and Protest and Conflict, that include artworks Artists’ Repeal the 8th Amendment Campaign, 2018, Apron of Solidarity II, 2021 and 15 possible things to say to someone you won’t see again, 2020.

This offers the departure point for a critical conversation on feminist art making histories with moderator, Martina Mullaney, who delves deeper into the activist, social, and political manifestations that are synonymous with Fallon’s practice, and shared interests of the mother role – socially, creatively, and intellectually

Artist Discussion, Social Fabric: 6.30pm
This talk is presented as part of  IMMA Nights, where this summer IMMA opens the grounds of the RHK on Thursday and Friday evenings until 8.30pm, with a series of free events that includes talks, music, yoga, workshops and more.

Music in the Courtyard: 7.30 – 8.30pm
Featuring music by Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny.

The Flying Dog cafe will open until 8pm.

About the speakers

Rachel Fallon
Rachel Fallon is a visual artist who deals with themes of protection and defence in domestic realms and addresses the topic of motherhood and women’s relationships to society. Her work encompasses sculpture, drawing, photography and performance and is firmly rooted in the processes of making. As well as an individual practice, she regularly collaborates with artists and collectives; including The Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Desperate Artwives, Grrrl Zine Fair and the Magdalene Series.

The two disparate ways of working feed into one another and are therefore equally important parts of her practice. She is a founding member of pff publications – a feminist zine. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Arts Council of Ireland Collection, the National Museum of Ireland and Goldsmiths Women’s Art Library, U.K. She lives and works in Ireland.

Martina Mullaney
Martina Mullaney has a PhD by practice from the University of Reading. Her research looks at the Missing Mother from the canon that is feminism and art history. Her practice challenges established forms of art on maternity. She has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. She won the Red Mansion Art Prize (China) 2003, she has exhibited with Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery of Photography, Dublin and Ffotogallery, Cardiff.

After the birth of her daughter she initiated the project Enemies of Good Art in 2009 a multi-disciplinary research project interrogating motherhood as experience and the art world. The project was executed through a series of public meetings, performances, lectures and live radio discussions. Events took place at; Tate Modern, the ICA, Southbank Centre and Chisenhale Gallery. Tranzit Display Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic and Galerija Nova, Zagreb in 2015. Enemies of God Art also broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM