The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: Social Fabric
The third chapter of the exhibition The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, Social Fabric, explores themes of globalisation, technology, labour, community and agency through artworks that engage with textile as commodity, material and craft.
The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now traces urgent themes across a 30-year period as they impact the personal, the political and the planetary, and prompts thinking about the effects of globalisation today in the Irish context as we respond to global crises from COVID-19 to Climate Change and the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition explores ideas of bodily autonomy, conflict and protest, the Anthropocene era, and digital technologies through the rich holdings of the IMMA Collection and Archive which represent a diverse history of artistic responses to these themes.
The third chapter, Social Fabric, positions textile and its histories at the heart of this exploration of the here-and-now. This chapter considers themes of globalisation, technology, labour, community and agency through artworks that engage with textile as commodity, material and craft. These ideas form pathways across the exhibition, from feminist work to heirlooms, woven acts of resistance to the relationship between weaving technologies and computer code.
The exhibition considers textile as a commodity, associated with global industry and exchange and addresses the association of textile production with ‘women’s work’, domestic industry and labour. It explores the opportunity provided by textile making and materiality for personal expression and agency. Proposing that ‘Textiles’ not only empowers through its frequently subverted association with the ‘tender crafts’, but also as a symbol of care, repair, heirloom of knowledge and self-sufficiency. The interconnected relationship of textile production and the development of computers and contemporary digital technologies is also explored.
Works from IMMA’s Collection, including some of the earliest works acquired for the Collection by Maureen Connor, William Hogarth, Colin Middleton and Kathy Prendergast, are presented here alongside international loans by Ahree Lee and Ibrahim Mahama.
CURATOR’S TALK SERIES
This new series of online curator’s talks provides an in-depth introduction to each chapter of The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now.
Queer Embodiment by Seán Kissane on 24 Nov 2021.
The Anthropocene by Claire Walsh on 8 Dec 2021.
Social Fabric by Georgie Thompson on 26 Jan 2022.
Protest and Conflict by Johanne Mullen on 2 Mar 2022.
Tuesday 11:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 11:30 - 17:30
Thursday 11:30 - 17:30
Friday 11:30 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 12:00 - 17:30