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Join Claire Walsh, Collections, IMMA, for an insightful walkthrough of the exhibition IMMA Collection: A Fiction Close to Reality. It has been developed in response to themes within the adjoining exhition IMMA Collection: Then and Now, Janet Mullarney. In both exhibitions the artists explore inner worlds and ideas of memory and inherited narratives. No need to book in advance, just come to the Meeting Point in IMMA Reception.

This is part of our informal curator’s talk series, where an IMMA curator who has worked on a particular exhibition will guide you through a short 30-40mins walkthrough of the work, highlighting key pieces of interest. In most cases the curator will have worked directly with the artist, or their estate, and can provide a fascinating insight into the artist’s practice, and the overall process of exhibition making at IMMA.

Mary Farl Powers

Mary Farl Powers 1948–1992

Mary Farl Powers (1948-1992) was born in Minnesota in the United States and much of her early years were spent moving between there and Ireland before she finally made Dublin her home in the 1970s. Powers studied at the Dun Laoghaire School of Art and the National College of Art and Design before joining the Graphic Studio, Dublin, in 1973. Her rapid mastery of various printmaking techniques allowed her to develop an extensive body of print work which also incorporated cast paper and paper sculpture. Powers was instrumental in establishing the Graphic Studio Gallery in 1983. She was a founding member of Aosdána and served as a director of the Graphic Studio for many years.
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Janet Mullarney

Janet Mullarney 1952–2020

Irish artist Janet Mullarney (born 1952) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Professionale di Intaglio in Florence. Incorporating an extensive range of materials including bronze, wood, plaster, foam, cloth, glass and wax, her dynamic sculptural works reference religious iconography, art history and human relationships. Mullarney’s work is represented in many public collections including that of the Arts Council, the OPW, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. She divides her time between studios in Ireland and Italy.
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Betsabeé Romero

Betsabeé Romero b.1963

Betsabeé Romero studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She lives and works in Mexico City. Romero draws on elements of popular culture and the traditions of Mexican art in her homeland and her practice is concerned with themes of memory, identity and human migration. Romero has received many international awards, including First Prize at the Cairo Biennial in 2006, and her work has been exhibited worldwide at institutions such as the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Museo del Barrio in New York. Her work is represented in the Daros Collection, Switzerland, LACMA Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art of Houston among others. 
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