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EVA In the News: Using art to explore our post-colonial identity

Monday 11th April, 2016

The following is an excerpt from an Irish Examiner interview with our 2016 curator Koyo Kouoh with Alan O'Riordan.

The following is an excerpt from an Irish Examiner interview with our 2016 curator Koyo Kouoh with Alan O'Riordan.

"The EVA event in Limerick is curated by a Cameroonian who realises that Ireland's experience as part of the British Empire raises some interesting questions" writes Alan O'Riordan.

Ireland's postcolonial identity is a complicated one. Isn't everyone's? Perhaps so - yet Ireland's very status as a colony is a relatively recent assertion among historians and critics It's a contested idea that seeks to unpack such factors as the country's interconnectedness with the colonial centre and its culture, and how our status as Europeans cloud our view of possibly shared colonial experiences in the wider world.

It usually takes an outsider to point out your blindspots, so, it is an intriguing prospect that EVA 2016 is curated by Koyo Kouoh, a Cameroonian curator and producer, and that it will, using the centenary of 1916 as its impetous, seek "to investigate the post colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure".

The full article can be viewed here.

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