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Join us for the Exhibition Preview and Artists’ Conversation with special guests whose work is part of a major new exhibition Take A Breath.

Take a Breath reflects on breathing and tracks the impact of air pollution from industrialisation to modern-day wars and its effects on the environment, our health and how we live. Exploring the subject of breathing, voice, language, speech, protest and colonisation, we hear from international artists on how their work connects with themes of breath and as a vital means of human existence. Moderated by Head of Programming and Curator Mary Cremin, special guests include artist, poet and choreographer Alex Cecchetti (Italy); writer, artist and scholar Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski (Vienna); artist Isabel Nolan (Ireland), and others.

Followed by the Take a Breath exhibition preview and opening reception and live Performances in the Galleries.

About Speakers

Alex Cecchetti
Artist, poet, choreographer: Cecchetti has developed a unique practice, difficult to classify, that could be called art of avoidance. Tactical and poetic, aesthetic and materialistic, its system produces specific situations or objects that can exist both inside and outside traditional exhibitions. It is in this double movement of representation and concealment that it is possible to inscribe his staging of invisible choreographies of hidden nudes and sleeping dancers. His work is focused in the construction of specific narratives that are experienced both mentally and physically by the audience.

Cecchetti has exhibited his work broadly: recently with a double solo show with artist Laure Provoust at Netwerk, Aalst and an incantation at Serpentine Galleries London. An installation of his paintings and watercolours have been shown at Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2019). Solo exhibitions include: At the gate of the music palace at Spike Island, Bristol, UK and Void, Derry, Ireland (2018). Tamam Shud at La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France and Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Cetaceans at Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2017); The Printing House of Hell at Kunstraum, London, UK (2015); Comrades of fear and wonder at Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania (2012). Cecchetti’s performances and incantations have been presented at venues including Serpentine Galleries (2019); Palais de Tokyo, Paris and ThalieLab / Thalie Art Foundation, Bruxelles (2017) More details here

Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński
Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński is a Vienna based writer, artist, and researcher whose works manifest themselves through a variety of media. Rooted in Black feminist theory, she has developed a research-based and process-oriented investigative practice that deals with the condition of Black life in the African diaspora. Doing so, she interlaces varying spaces and temporalities, thereby resisting a clean-cut separation between documentary and speculation. Solo and Group Exhibitions: Phileas – The Austrian Office for Contemporary Art (2024), Art X Lagos (2023), FotoRio (2023), Liverpool Biennial (9.6.-17.9.2023), You are awaited but never as equals (20.4.-9.7.2023) Coalmine Winterthur, Seven Scenes (2022) Camera Austria Graz, If A Tree Falls In A Forest (2022), Les Recontres d’Arles, Emplotment (2022) Museum Ludwig Budapest, KAS (2022) Centrale Fies, Solo- Exhibition (2021) Kunsthalle Wien, The World Is White No Longer. Ansichten einer dezentrierten Welt (2021) Museum der Moderne Salzburg e.g. Screenings: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Diagonale, Vancouver International Film Festival e.g. Her awards and prizes include Art X Prize Africa Diaspora (2023), Camera Austria Award (2021), Doc-Grant Austrian Academy of Science (2018-2020), Cathrin Pichler Prize (2018), Theodor Körner Prize for Art (2016). Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński is represented by Gallery Wonnerth-Dejaco, Vienna. More details here

Isabel Nolan
Isabel Nolan has an expansive practice that incorporates sculptures, paintings, textile works, photographs, writing and works on paper. Her subject matter is similarly comprehensive, taking in cosmological phenomena, religious reliquaries, Greco-Roman sculptures and literary/historical figures, examining the behaviour of humans and animals alike. These diverse artistic investigations are driven by intensive research, but the end result is always deeply personal and subjective. Exploring the “intimacy of materiality”, Nolan’s work ranges from the architectural – steel sculptures that frame or obstruct our path – to small handmade objects in clay, hand-tufted wool rugs illuminated with striking cosmic imagery, to drawings and paintings using humble gouache or colouring pencils. In late 2020, Launchpad and Kerlin Gallery published ‘Curling up with reality’, bringing together a decade of Nolan’s work including significant exhibitions and 20 of the artist’s writings. Isabel Nolan lives and works in Dublin. More details here

Mary Cremin, Head of Programming, IMMA
Mary Cremin was formerly the Director of Void Gallery, Derry, where she supported artists to produce and present ground-breaking new works, including commissioning the artist Helen Cammock’s Turner Prize winning film The Long Note. Cremin was the Commissioner and Curator of the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with artist Eva Rothchild in 2019. Working with organisations such as the Afghan Visual Arts & History Collective and Beirut Art Residency, her programme focusses on revealing new narratives and histories that address and challenge the disparities that exist within Western culture, her programme acts as a curatorial corrective. Her areas of research are embedded in ecology, ethics and is informed by politically and socially engaged practice. She is a co-founder of the North South Visual Art network, an advocacy group for the visual arts sector encompassing both North and South of Ireland. She is currently chair of Ormston House, Limerick.