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Commissioned as part of IMMA Outdoors 2022, Kind Words Can Never Die by Navine G. Dossos transforms the iconic courtyard with an extensive mural painting along all of the colonnades. Join the artist in conversation with IMMA Director Annie Fletcher, who discuss the making processes and thinking behind this visually stunning commission. This work offers a playful, yet poignant reflection on the psychological states that have emerged in response to a greater awareness of global and local climate change. This new commission launches after an accumulation of public workshops conceived by the artist, running during the month of July.
The talk positions Kind Words Can Never Die, within the context of Navine G. Dossos wider visual practice and interests that include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and Aniconism in contemporary culture. As a painter Dossos uses the medium and its history to ask fundamental questions about the ways in which we see, understand, and, crucially, represent the world around us.
It is from this understanding that we will hear more from the artist about her research interests in Annie Besant’s Thought Forms (1901) and Glenn Albrecht’s ideas of solastalgia and his book Earth Emotions – New Words for a New World (2019). Albrecht’s book theorises how emotions produced by the lived experience of the degradation of one’s home environment, requires a new hopeful vocabulary to better deal with psychological responses to the emergent state of the world.
A complimentary drink for all attendees concludes talk proceedings.
Official opening and conversation: Navine G. Dossos & Annie Fletcher, 6.30 – 7.30pm
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 – 8.30pm
Featuring music by Navà a group of young Dublin musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia.
The Flying Dog cafe will remain open until 8pm.
Navine G. Dossos (b. 1982, London) is a visual artist working between London and Athens. She has developed a form of geometric abstraction that merges the traditional Aniconism of Islamic art with the algorithmic nature of the interconnected world we live in. This is not the formal abstraction we understand from the western history of art, but something essentially informational, and committed to investigation and communication.
Dossos work suggests that contrary to the mediatic impulses of the present, we must not rely upon, nor constantly reproduce, the figurative language of television, online media, videos, and the endlessly circulating images which shape our shared imagination of reality. Her work frequently emphasizes the contrast between the timeless and the ephemeral, whether in the painting over of temporary murals, her own effacement of underlying works in ongoing series where each iteration is applied over the last, or her choices of material, from traditional icon boards to cardboard and found wood, and the balancing of classical training and technique with a constant reappraisal and critique of the contemporary.
Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. In 2014/2015, she was a participant at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL). She has exhibited and worked with various institutions, including Showroom (London), Z33 (Hasselt), The 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, SALT (Istanbul), The Taipei Biennial, Capital of Culture (Matera), The Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Witte de With (Rotterdam), The Delfina Foundation (London), The Museum of Islamic Art (Doha), Leighton House Museum (London), The Benaki Museum of Islamic Art (Athens) and the A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah). She has published work in The White Review and The Happy Hypocrite (Volume 8: Fresh Hell).She is a member of the Substantial Motion Research Network. See more details here