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This special in gallery talk Self-Determination, A Global Perspective led by Johanne Mullan (Curator – IMMA Collection) explores revolutionary histories through eyes and work of contemporary artists commissioned to respond to exhibition themes of self-determination, national identities, nation-building, and statecraft. This talk looks at commissioned works by Array Collective, Jasmina Cibic, Minna Henriksson, İz Öztat, Declan Clarke, and Banu Cennetoğlu, to explore the juxtaposition of historical and contemporary artworks, that punctuate this major three-year research exhibition at IMMA.

Johanne Mullan (Curator – IMMA Collection) lead curator of commissioned works for the exhibition Self-Determination, A Global Perspective will share insights into each artists’ research and creative process, and the ways each project engages with ideas of self-determination and the enduring consequences of national and international new nation-states that emerged in the wake of the First World War.

This talk marks the weekend finale of the museum wide exhibition Self-Determination, A Global Perspective that draws to a close on Sunday 21 April 2024.

About Artists

Array Collective
Array Collective (Turner Prize winners 2021) are a group of individual artists rooted in Belfast, who join together to create collaborative actions in response to the sociopolitical issues affecting Northern Ireland. Array’s studios and project space in the city centre acts as a base for the collective, however the participating artists are not limited to studio holders. Collective members: Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Jane Butler, Emma Campbell, Alessia Cargnelli, Mitch Conlon, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray, Stephen Millar, Laura O’Connor, Thomas Wells. More details here

Jasmina Cibic
Jasmina Cibic (b. Ljubljana 1979) works in film, sculpture, performance and installation to explore ‘soft power’ – how political rhetoric is deployed through art and architecture, particularly examining how cultural production is used by the state to communicate certain principles and aspirations. Through unfolding the complex entanglements of art, gender and state power, the artist encourages viewers to consider the strategies employed in the construction of national culture. More details here

Declan Clarke
Declan Clarke is an Irish artist, now based in Berlin. Over 15 years, he has developed an impressive oeuvre of film work focussing on themes of modernity, conflict and the human stories behind major upheavals in 20th century history. He is particularly interested in post revolution societies and uses a personal viewpoint to tell complex historical narratives. His work has been shown at Tate Britain, Home Manchester, and Serpentine Gallery London, among many other places. He has been awarded residencies at MoMA/PS1, Saatchi Fellowship and IMMA. Three newly commissioned film works are currently on show in a major solo exhibition at Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. More details here

Minna Henriksson
Minna Henriksson (b. 1976, Oulu, Finland, lives in Helsinki) is a visual artist working with a disparate range of tools including text, drawing, painting and linocut. She studied art in Brighton, Helsinki and Malmö. Henriksson’s work relates to leftist, anti-racist and feminist struggles. Her works are often based on extensive archival research and draw from real historical events aiming to bring forth marginalisation and oppression, and to highlight positions of power. Dealing with historical cases she aims to politicise processes in the present that seem neutral and inevitable. A thematic in her work is the ideological nature of history writing itself. Henriksson is also interested in exploring the language of political art and modes of representation. More details here

İz Öztat
In her collective and individual artistic practice spanning diverse media defined by her reseach, İz Öztat explores the persistence of violent histories through forms, materials, space and language. She responds to absences in official historiography through spectral, intergenerational and speculative fictions. İz Öztat fabricates the (auto)biography of Zişan (1894-1970), who appears to her as a historical figure, a ghost, and an alter ego. She takes on Zişan’s archives and interprets them through her practice to construct a complex temporality of action that enables the suppressed past to intervene in the increasingly authoritarian present. The values and methodologies driving her practice have been articulated in relation to struggles against the taming of running waters for profit and progress, queer desire and consensual negotiation of power. More details here

Banu Cennetoğlu
Banu Cennetoğlu is an Istanbul-based artist engaged in a wide range of cross-disciplinary practices. Cennetoğlu explores the political, social and cultural dimension of the production, representation and distribution of knowledge and asks how this feeds into a society’s collective thinking and becomes part of its ideology. In her cross-disciplinary practice, which includes photography, sculpture, and moving image, Cennetoğlu explores the impossibility of giving form to absence and how the process of attempting to do so deepens our understanding of loss.

About Exhibition

28 Oct 2023 – 21 April 2024 / Garden Galleries, Main Galleries, East Wing, Courtyard Galleries

Self-Determination, A Global Perspective is the culmination of a three-year research project focusing on the new nation-states that emerged in the wake of the First World War, exploring the role of art and artists in relation to the expression of national identities, nation-building, and statecraft. The juxtaposition of historical and contemporary perspectives is a key element of this project.

IMMA has commissioned new works by Array Collective, Jasmina Cibic, Declan Clarke, Minna Henriksson and İz Öztat; alongside co-commissions by Banu Çennetoğlu, and Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind. The commissions bring together international artists to critically reflect on the outcomes of the self-determination movements, shedding light on the successes, failures, and unanticipated consequences. See more details here