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Nowhere without no(w) is the first solo exhibition at IMMA by Irish artists Walker and Walker. The twin brothers have collaborated professionally since 1989 and have become one of Ireland’s most highly regarded artists internationally. The exhibition showcases a number of pre-existing works from the artists’ extensive 30 year career with a series of new works responding to their ongoing research into language, its meaning and its construction.

Walker and Walker work in a wide range of forms and media. Encompassing film, sculpture, drawing and installation, and featuring materials as diverse as steel, neon, a pearl and a flower that blooms once a year, Walker and Walker’s work in primarily grounded in the elusiveness of language.

Walker and Walker also take inspiration from a variety of 19th and 20th Century Surrealist artists, writers and poets, from Marcel Duchamp, Stephane Mallarme and Rene Daumal. By re-evaluating their meaning and lyrical structure the words become independent from their original signifier and enforces new ideas through the variety of mediums and the selected locations of each work in the exhibition.

Walker and Walker co-represented Ireland at the 51st International Venice Biennale, 2015 and have shown widely nationally and internationally. The film Mount Analogue Revisited screened internationally an LA; San Francisco; Berlin; Dublin; and Rio de Janeiro was listed one of the best films of 2010 by notable Australian film journal Senses of Cinema. The artist duo recently published a play Return Inverse as part of an artists’ book with Magazin4 in Bregenz, Austria (2015).

A new publication will accompany the exhibition and will include contributions by Jörg Heiser, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, Rebecca O’Dwyer, and Rachel Thomas, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA. The publication is edited by Rachel Thomas and assisted by Victoria Evans, Assistant Curator, IMMA.

About the Artist

Walker and Walker

Joe Walker and Pat Walker have been collaborating since 1989. They co-represented Ireland at the 51st International Venice Biennale in 2005 and have exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Their work is research driven and diverse in its range of materials, methods and references.
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Additional Resources 


Additional Resources

In Conversation: Walker and Walker with Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith Soundcloud
Curator Lunchtime Talk - Benjamin Stafford: Walker and Walker Nowhere without No(w) Soundcloud


Supported by Matheson as part of their overall support of Irish Art at IMMA

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Limited Edition Walker and Walker - Threshold, 2019 €95.00 This Limited Edition print was produced on the occasion of the exhibition Walker and Walker, Nowhere without no(w) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, 15 February – 03 June 2019. View Product
Books The Moderns: The Arts in Ireland
from the 1900s to the 1970s
€70.00 Irish artists and writers have played a fascinating role in the story of modernism. This 596 page book traces this story by bringing together exceptional works of Irish significance. View Product
Books Patrick Hennessy
De Profundis
€39.00 Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-80), was one of Ireland's most successful realist painters in the post-war period. This publication sheds light on this critically neglected artist. View Product
Catalogue Nowhere without no(w), 2019 €15.00 Nowhere without no(w) is a new exhibition catalogue from the Irish artists Walker and Walker. Their exhibition showcases pre-existing and new works from the artists responding to their ongoing research into language, its meaning and its construction. View Product

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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. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.