Sean Lynch: Adventure Capital opens at the RHA on 7 July 2016
Wednesday 29th June, 2016
The official tour of Ireland’s entry into the 56th Venice Biennale, Adventure: Capital by artist Sean Lynch, will open on the 7th July at the RHA, Dublin. Visited by over 400,000 people during the world’s most prestigious visual arts exhibition in 2015, Adventure: Capital will come to the gallery from the 8th of July – 21st of August as part of a nationwide tour.
Alongside Adventure: Capital, Lynch presents a new video installation, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts (2016), that investigates the legal status of metal detectors in Ireland. Following national controversy around the finding of the Derrynaflan Hoard, a medieval treasure trove uncovered in the 1980s, the state hastily placed a blanket ban on the public use of all devices used to search for archaeological objects. This legislation effectively destroyed the fledgling Irish metal detectorist community of Ireland. Using the tropes of promotional videos, Campaign to Change the National Monuments Acts advocates for a change in these authoritarian laws, where ideas of nationhood, individual freedom, and the need for new forms of community-led heritage are all explored on a journey narrated by Lynch’s long-time collaborator Gina Moxley.
Combining sculpture, video and graphic elements, Adventure: Capital explores the allegories and underlying narratives of the contemporary architectural and social environment – through encounters with the sculptures of John Burke, the quarries of Cornwall, megalithic ‘cursing’ stones, urban vandalism, and Irish Free State banknotes.
A free Adventure: Capital publication with a text by curator Woodrow Kernohan is available within the exhibition. To coincide with his exhibition at the RHA, Sean Lynch will also present a new installation at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery from July 7 entitled Scrapyard Carnival.
The Irish tour of Ireland at Venice is supported by the Arts Council as part of its commitment to promote the visual arts to Irish audiences. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council.
Image: Adventure: Capital (2014 – 15). Mixed media installation. Courtesy of Ireland at Venice; Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Ronchini Gallery, London.