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Juan Downey

The Artist's Eye

The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to present a series of invited solo exhibitions in Gallery 2, titled ‘The Artist’s Eye’. Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, this series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of significant influence to present work in Gallery 2. In the third instalment in this series, Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne have selected Moving (1974) by Juan Downey (1940 – 1993).

A ground-breaking figure in the burgeoning realm of video art during the 1960s, Downey, who had trained as an architect in his native Chile, also worked across drawing, painting, sculpture, performance and installation. Upon finishing university, and after spending some years in Paris, the artist moved to the US, eventually settling in New York. Across all media, his practice opened up for a future generation of artists the possibilities inherent in working with new technologies and methods of communication. His work in video blurred the lines between the subjective and objective, weaving a search for personal identity into the documentary narrative, while also looking at the link between organic and inorganic modes of existence.

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The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

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