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. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, experiences of growing up and the context of present day Ireland. Working across film, sculpture, performance, print and installation, they deftly consider the making of one’s belonging through the prisms of the body, the family and the nation state, exploring associated joy and trauma.
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 group, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. Rekab and Éireann and I have been collaborating over the past two years as part of The Family Lines Project culminating in workshops, public billboards in Dublin and London, and this exhibition in Gallery 2.