The Art of Protest at the arts festival

Palestine, Syria, abortion and marriage equality referenda, gay rights, housing, and the Tuam babies

FROM THE rallies which led to the repeal of the Eight Amendment in Ireland, to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, to Palestinian demonstrations against Israeli occupation, our polarised world has seen an upsurge of protest.

“Painting is not made to decorate apart mews. It’s an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy,” declared Picasso, and many artist shave recorded moments of social change in their work while others have been at the forefront of political activism.

All this will be reflected in Art of Protest, The Kenny Gallery’s Galway International Arts Festival 2018 visual arts exhibition, featuring works by Jim Fitzpatrick, Robert Ballabh, Áine Phhillips, Maser, Will St Leger, Rachel Ballabh, Shane Berkery, Mick O’Dea, Sean Hillen, Ruby Wallace, Jennifer Cunningham, Dolores Lyne, John Beans, rite Duffy, Dermot Seymour, Bernard Canavan, Joe O'Shaughnessy [whose photograph of Margaretta D'Arcy is shown below] and others.

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The works include social commentary, satire, or political narrative, via painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, video, and street art, and touches on the treatment of Palestinians, the war in Syria, the recent abortion referendum, HIV and gay right, marriage equality, housing, and the Tuam babies.

The exhibition, curated by Dean Kelly, will be officially opened on Saturday July 14 at 3pm in The Kenny Gallery, Lisbon Industrial Estate, by histlorian Catherine Corless. It contines daily, Mondays to Saturdays, throughout GIAF and the month of August. Admission is free.

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