Opening this Wednesday at the Joinery. Do they ever sleep?
Aoibheann Greenan’s ‘Tahiti Syndrome’ takes its title from the 20th century term that once described the desire amongst societal leaders for a remote or idyllic environment into which they could escape from the pressures of modern life. Greenan reinterprets this utopian idea, applying it within the context of everyday ritualistic activities such as exercise or recreational drug-use. Drawing on Western Exoticism, the show loosely adopts the framework of a tourist trail. Absurd devises are employed allowing for viewing to occur at various vantage points. The environment allows for the viewer to become playfully initiated into the role of the shaman for whom transcendence is achieved with the use of profane materials, ritual, and mind-altering plants.
There will be an artist talk with curator/writer Davey Moor on Monday 30 April at 6pm.
Aoibheann Greenan graduated from NCAD in 2010 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art Painting. Her work centres on the plight of the present-day tourist whose quest for authentic experience has become predetermined by a capitalist logic. Recent solo shows include ‘Rodeo Oracle’ at The Lab, Dublin and ‘Motels and Mineral Surfaces’ at The Cross, Dublin. Recent group shows include ‘Around a Volta’ at Chateau de Servieres, Marseilles; ‘Jockeyism ‘at Block T, Dublin; ‘The Cloud’ at Draiochd, Dublin and ‘When a Stranger Calls a Friend of a Friend’ at Project 165, Toronto. Greenan has undertaken two recent residency programmes; SOMA in Mexico City and Chateau de Servieres in Marseilles.