Freedom of the City

Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August 2011
Nicky Teegan: Wheel | Freedom of the City | Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August 2011 | RUA RED

Freedom is the consciousness of necessity” – Marx

In this time of socio-political upheaval are we on the precipice of a new way forward? Now more than ever artists have the power to step outside the system and utilise their power to transform the cityscape, whether through intervention, subtle takeovers or insertion into the public consciousness. Freedom of the City references the medieval concept of “free status”. The recipient enjoyed privileges such as the right to trade and own property, and protection within the town. This tradition is especially popular in America – a place of Irish immigration to present day.

MART are embarking on a 3 city tour with Invite or Reject, an exhibition exploring the preconception of Irish immigrants of the ‘American Dream’ versus the too often reality of rejection. The juxtaposition of the MART US tour Invite or Reject and the Freedom of the City is poignant. Ireland being a relatively young independent state where ‘freedom’ is a powerful word in its history. The current economic crisis has placed our identity under scrutiny as we question our “Free Status”.

The Freedom of the City show in RUA RED is the ‘Homebase’ for the USA tour. The Artworks here are rooted in our right to stay, and to leave, our right to excel and our right to Freedom of the City!

Exhibiting artists include Debbie Jenkinson, Nicky Teegan, Colleen Keogh, Eleanor Lawlor, Emanuel Rohss, Emma Wade and Laragh Pittman.

Presented by RUA RED as part of the Glitch Festival. The Glitch Festival is supported by South Dublin County Council and the Arts Council.

Image: Nicky Teegan: Wheel
Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August 2011
South Dublin Arts Centre
Tallaght, Dublin 24
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Closed Monday 1 August 2011.

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