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-       Have you emigrated to Dublin, are you studying here, visiting or awaiting resident status? 

-       Do speak a language other than English?   

-       Do you want to take part in a unique public artwork focused on immigration, language, and ideas of home?

IMMA is seeking individuals to participate in a public artwork by Dublin-based artist Sarah Pierce.

Where: People’s Flower Garden, Phoenix Park Dublin 8.

When: 3 September 2023 at 3pm

The artwork called Shelter Bread & Freedom, is a group performance that invites individuals who have relocated to Dublin to read a short text out loud in their ‘home’ language.

The readers choose what to read: a story, a myth, a personal experience, a letter, a news article, lyrics to a song, a manifesto, or a poem.

All of the texts are in a language other than English. The event will take place outdoors in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The audience is invited to listen without (necessarily) knowing what is being said.

If you are interested and available please contact: Rachael Gilbourne [email protected]
Closing date for expressions of interest: Wednesday 30 August at 5.30pm
Please note, participation is on a voluntary basis.

About the Live Readings

The live readings take place on Sunday 3 September in Phoenix Park, as part of Sarah Pierce’s Shelter Bread & Freedom (2021). A community of readers made of individuals who have migrated to Dublin present short, chosen texts to read aloud in their home languages. The texts range from personal letters and diaries to manifestoes, poems, lyrics, and other printed matter. The readings are not translated, and the audience is invited to gather and listen without (necessarily) understanding the languages spoken every day by people who live in Dublin.

This event marks the closing day of the exhibition Sarah Pierce: Scene of the Myth, guest curated by Rike Frank and the European Kunsthalle at IMMA. The event is part of the artwork Shelter Bread & Freedom (2021) featured in the exhibition at IMMA. The artwork focuses on the structure of the shelter in the People’s Garden in Dublin’s Phoenix Park and incorporates a series of banners scaled to the shelter’s interior with patterns, cutting and sewing by Aoife McLaughlin and shibori dying and fraying by Clíona McLoughlin. A zine with texts by Donna Rose, Grace O’Boyle and Sarah Pierce is available to read online at here.

Please note this event takes place in an outdoor setting. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You are welcome to bring your own picnic blanket or seating. The event will operate with a leave no trace ethic.

Location & Meeting Point: the shelter in the People’s Flower Garden at the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. See location details here.

About the artist

Since 2003, Sarah Pierce has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering, both historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that she undertakes demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural work and a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art, the potential for dissent, and self-determination. Pierce’s work has shown widely in the EU, US and Canada with major exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, CCS Hessel Museum & CCS Galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Tate Modern, London and MuMOK Vienna.

Solo exhibitions include Lost Illusions/Illusions perdues, developed jointly with Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Mercer Union, Toronto, and SBC Galerie, Montreal, No Title at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Derry, The Artist Talks at The Showroom, London, and The Meaning of Greatness at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Pierce represented Ireland in a group exhibition at the 51st Venice Biennale and has since exhibited in major international biennials including Glasgow International, Eva International, Lyon Biennial, International Sinop Biennial, and the Moscow Biennial. 

About the guest curator

Rike Frank, co-director of the European Kunsthalle, an institution without a physical space.

Rike Frank works as a curator and writer and teaches exhibition histories and curatorial practice. She is Executive Director of the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme and co-director of the European Kunsthalle. Her practice often reflects on temporality, textility, and instituting and documenting curatorial articulations. Past institutional affiliations include Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies at the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2014–2018); head of the exhibition space at Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (2012–2014); member of the Artistic Program team, European Kunsthalle (2010–2012); Curator, Secession, Vienna (2001–2005); head of the Curatorial Office, documenta 12 (2007).

Publications as editor and co-editor include Of(f) Our Times. Curatorial Anachronics (2019), Ane Hjort Guttu. Writings, Conversations, Scripts (2018), Textiles: Open Letter (2015), Textile Theorien der Moderne. Alois Riegl in der Kunstkritik (2015), Timing – On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting (2014), and Sketches of Universal History: Compiled from Several Authors by Sarah Pierce (2013).


Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.