New Exhibition at Hugh Lane Gallery Explores the Power of the Ocean

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath / Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha will officially launch a major new exhibition The Ocean After Nature at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, on Wednesday, 6th September at 6pm.   

This free exhibition which will run until 7th January 2018 is curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.  It explores the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world.

The Ocean After Nature exhibition features more than 20 works of art in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design. The artists will explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.

Invoking personal themes of identity and migration, alongside more universal concerns related to tourism, trade, and the exploitation of natural resources, the artists in The Ocean After Nature respond to the intertwined factors that define this new understanding of the ocean. The exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.

Artists participating at the Hugh Lane Gallery exhibition include: Ursula Biemann, Elaine Byrne, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, Manny Montelibano, Philip Napier, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Allan Sekula & Nöel Burch, Supersudaca and UNITED BROTHERS.

Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, said “The past fifteen years has seen an automation of the Anthropocene, whereby global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean.”

“As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before” said Director of the Gallery, Barbara Dawson.

Alaina Claire Feldman said “The works in this exhibition reveal the nuanced ways in which we value, make meaning of and shape the ocean through political, economic and cultural activities. Together, they highlight a constellation of problems that humans have created and which only humans can repair.”


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Notes to the Editor:

‘The Ocean After Nature’ Exhibition Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday 9.45am– 6pm, Friday 9.45am–5pm

Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, Closed Mondays

About Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a public gallery of modern and contemporary art. It is part of Dublin City Council. The gallery’s original collection of modern art was presented by Sir Hugh Lane in 1908 and, in the ethos of its founder the gallery continues to collect and exhibit modern and contemporary art. The role of the gallery is to enhance public engagement, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts by way of temporary exhibitions, exhibitions of the collections, education programmes and projects and publications. As Dublin’s city gallery The Hugh Lane has a responsibility to give value added to the cultural life of the city through its engagement with the people of Dublin and beyond. The purpose of the gallery is to promote understanding and public engagement with modern and contemporary art and to contribute to public discourse on the creative arts especially visual art.

Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, D01 F2X9, Ireland





About the Curator:

Alaina Claire Feldman is a Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI). Over several years, Feldman has worked with the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir to translate and distribute videos in the archive, culminating in exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York) and SPACE (London). With Stephen Vitiello, she curated New York’s Hidden Noise at Anthology Film Archives in 2014. Along with Martha Wilson, she curated the four-day performance, film and discursive program Performing Franklin Furnace at Participant Inc. (with Coco Fusco, Michael Smith, Erika Beckman, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Robert Longo and others) in 2015. She oversees the ICI Sourcebook publication series and has edited books with Martha Wilson, Allan Ruppersberg, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

She recently curated the internationally travelling exhibitions The Ocean After Nature (and edited the subsequent catalogue) and Publishing Against the Grain. Her writing has appeared in several art journals and in the exhibition catalogues for BLESS N°41 Retroperspektives Home (Kunsthaus Graz), Self-Timer Stories (Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Austrian Cultural Forum NY) Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness (ICI) and Partenza: Renata Poljak (Galerije Umjetnina, Split). She was previously Assistant Editor at May Revue.

News about the tour, programming schedule and updates are available on ICI’s website.


About Independent Curators International (ICI)

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a non-profit organisation that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualising contemporary art.