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IMMA | texts is an annual call for research papers where IMMA invites researchers to respond to aspects of IMMA’s programmes and activities focusing on a particular theme. Papers are peer reviewed and selected papers will be published in an annual journal and on IMMA’s website.

Call for Papers

IMMA is seeking papers addressing the subject of art and politics. While all paper proposals will be considered, we welcome papers from students and researchers and also papers that address aspects of IMMA’s Exhibitions, Collections, and Engagement and Learning Programmes.

For example, in 2019 IMMA will be showing the work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo in her solo exhibition Acts of Mourning, (April – July, 2019); work from artist Les Levine in the exhibition The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster, (Feb – May, 2019); and also a Derek Jarman’s retrospective entitled Protest!, (Nov 2019 – Feb 2020).

The organisers would also like to encourage applicants to take account of some or all of the following questions in the development of their ideas:

What is political art?
What forms can political art take?
What is the relationship between art and politics?
What is the relevance of politics to visual art, and vice versa?
Must art effect ‘change’ in order to be considered political?
Can an artist control the political import of their work?
Are certain kinds of political art more acceptable than others?
Should art be political?
Can art be non-political? If so, when?
Should art be, under given circumstances, a political tool?

A select number of papers will be published in IMMA’s online magazine and in a stand-alone publication IMMA|texts. Selected papers will receive an honorarium of €200.

For further information please contact Lisa Moran, Curator: Engagement and Learning, lisa.moran@imma.ie

Download the IMMA | texts Call for Papers (.pdf)


Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo b.1958

Doris Salcedo was born in Bogotá where she continues to live and work. One of the world’s leading sculptors her work is deeply rooted in her native Colombia.
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Les Levine

Les Levine b.1935

Les Levine studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, before moving to Toronto in 1958, where he continued his studies at the New School of Art. Levine’s artistic practice incorporates various means including painting, sculpture, installation, performance work, mail art and artists’ books. During his prolific career Levine has produced major series of works about the manifold effects and functions of the media and information systems. Levine continues to live and work in New York.
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Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman 1942–1994

One of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, Derek Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, political activist and author. He was educated at the University of London and at the Slade School of Art.
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