The Sunday Times

Read Cristín Leach's piece on EVA International in The Sunday Times

Limerick’s contemporary-art biennial features 57 Irish and international artists, selected by curator Koyo Kouoh. It’s a heady assortment across multiple venues, featuring ideas around, “the post-colonial condition”. Mary Evans explores human migration at Limerick City Gallery, with brown-paper silhouette cutouts of naked figures and overcrowded boats pated to the walls in Thousands are Sailing. The Weight of Scars, Otobong Nkanga’s large-scale woven textile, looks at the exploitation of natural resources. Bradley McCallum’s negative-image oil portraits of former international leaders at war crime tribunals include Slobodan Milosevic. Philip Aguirre y Otegui has taken over the jewellery display room in the Hunt Museum with thoughtful, piecemeal musings on geopolitical issues. This is art exhibition as day trip: part orienteering exercise, part scavenger hunt, where the rewards are proportional to the level of your engagement. EVA 2016 makes a strong argument for art as an instrument of sociopolitical commentary. It’s a show populated by takes of alienation, isolation, power, corruption and identity.

Cristín Leach

Various venues, Limerick City,




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