Skip to content

Jumana Manna

Wild Relatives

“… the mastery of non-mastery: a mastering or endless perfecting of the art of conveying that there are some things that cannot – and should not – be mastered or captured.”

Shela Sheikh, From Planting Seeds/The Fires of War: The Geopolitics of Seed Saving in Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives

Continuing her exploration of archives, and in particular their complex relationship with both preservation and erasure, Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives at The Douglas Hyde brings together the artist’s 2018 feature-length documentary film of the same name, and newly commissioned sculptural work, produced this year through a production residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art with the generous support of the Ceramics and Glass programme at the National College of Art and Design.

From the frozen wastes of Svalbard, an island in the Arctic Ocean, to the semi-arid landscape of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, the film Wild Relatives (2018) traverses disparate geographies, political contexts and personal lives to create a series of loose links around its main protagonist: seeds. As the film unfolds through an open structure of vignettes, these tiny living archives become the focus of an exploration into how global power structures play out in the agricultural, as much as in the political, field.

Read More
About the Artist
Associated Events
Further Reading
Credits
Current Exhibitions
Jennifer Mehigan
Nightbloom Chokehold

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Jennifer Mehigan titled Nightbloom Chokehold. This exhibition is part of the ongoing series of solo exhibitions under the title The Artist’s Eye which asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. Acknowledging the […]

Bassam Al-Sabah
IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Bassam Al-Sabah titled IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS in Gallery 1. In IT’S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS, Al-Sabah transforms the gallery into a fantasy dreamscape embracing the shape-shifting potential of computer-animated worlds with a series of new sculptural works […]

Art & Ideas

Artists present us with new perspectives on the world we live in. Explore the exciting ideas behind our programmes, hear more from the artists we work with and discover new ways of engaging with art.

Art & Ideas into your inbox