A&E Session Five

26 March 2012

Artists:Barbara Knezevic & Fiona Marron

Moderator: Valerie Connor.

A&E is a critical seminar programme that seeks to open dialogues across a broad range of practices and professional positions. The fifth discussion in this series included presentations by Barbara Knezevic and Fiona Marron, and was moderated by Valerie Connor.

Barbara Knezevic is an Australian-born artist practicing in Dublin. She attended the Sydney College of the Arts where she received a Bachelor of Visual Arts and completed her Masters in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design (ncad), Dublin. Recently, she was awarded a Project studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and South Dublin County Council Artist's Bursary Award. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Wish Fulfilment' at 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney, ‘Alderamin Rising' at Queen Street Studios, Belfast, and ‘In pursuit of a state of uncertainty', Firstdraft, Sydney. Recent group exhibitions include ‘None went mad none ran away', at the Rubicon Gallery Dublin, ‘Futures 11' at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Pallas Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, ‘New Connections' at Rua Red and ‘the Claremorris Open' curated by Chris Hammond.

Fiona Marron graduated from Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 and now lives and works in Dublin. Solo exhibitions include ‘Last and First Men' at the Joinery, Dublin (2011), ‘As Topic and Tool' at the Joinery (2010) and ‘For Who Knows What' at Four, Dublin (2009). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Construct #1' at Monster Truck Gallery, ‘Portrait of Space' at Clonlea Studios, Dublin (2011), ‘Hidden Memories, Lost Traces' at Sinopale: Third Sinop Biennial, Turkey, ‘Switch: As Process' at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2010) and ‘Reverse Pedagogy iii', Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo (2009). In 2011 Marron was joint coordinator of ‘In These Troubled Times' a collaborative research project at Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. She also regularly contributes to ongoing experimental research as part of Cannon Fodder* Collective.

Valerie Connor was part of the artist group Blue Funk during the early 1990s. Blue Funk exhibited ‘site-specific' commissioned projects in New York, Arnhem, Perth, Brisbane, and Dublin. In 1998, she was appointed Visual Arts Director at Project Arts Centre, having completed an MPhil on critical theory, political agency, and the aesthetic sublime, at the Centre for Women's Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She moved on to co-curate local authority and independent art projects and was appointed as the Commissioner for Ireland's participation at the Venice and São Paulo Biennials in 2003 and 2004. She served as a board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 2005 to 2010 and was the Visual Arts Adviser to The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon between 2006 and 2010. Her writing has appeared in the Visual Artists' News Sheet, Third Text, Circa, and Contemporary magazines, in artists' monographs and exhibition catalogues.

Since 2010, A&E has included contributions from Kevin Atherton, Brian Duggan, Niamh Dunphy, Clodagh Emoe, Sam Keogh, Sofie Loscher, David Lunney, Colin Martin, James Merrigan, Seán O Sullivan, Alison Pilkington, Timothy Stott, and Gemma Tipton.

A&E is a Black Church Print Studio initiative, supported by Monster Truck Gallery & Studios. For further information please contact Hazel Burke at info@blackchurchprint.ie or at (01) 677 3629.