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Michele Horrigan is an artist and curator whose practice revolves around the legacies and potentials of environment and site. She employs video and photography in an investigative manner to research and represent hidden or overlooked narratives, creating new forms of knowledge in the process. Horrigan has considered the role of bauxite refining and its environmental consequences in her ongoing Stigma Damages, while other projects such as Where Does The Law Stand With Leprechauns? probe how mythology and Hollywood movies have created surprising real-life narratives both in Ireland and the United States.
Her curatorial energies have an emphasis on working with artists in site-specific or context-led roles. Since 2006 she is founder and director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts (ACA), facilitating artist residencies, exhibitions and publication production in rural southwest Ireland. Many ACA projects have been presented throughout the world in exhibitions, art biennials and film festivals. Horrigan is editor and publisher of ACA Public, an independent press established since 2014. Her writing, essays and articles have been commissioned for among others, Mousse Publishing and Bomb Magazine.
This week, 13 alumni from one of the first Curatorial Intensive’s held in 2010 participated in a seminar via Zoom. Dialing in from 13 cities in 9 countries, the discussion allowed the group to reconnect and collectively think through some of the urgent questions that have arisen in the past month, and their responses to the needs of artists and audience.read more »
Michele Horrigan, founding director and curator of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, speaks with artists Amanda Ralph and Sean Lynch on recent projects in conjunction with the launch of The Hellfire Club, a series of new commissions based on the presence of an 18th century secret society house in Askeaton.read more »
The sixth edition of Welcome to the Neighbourhood, an annual programme of invited international and Irish artists resident and working in the town, will occur in July 2011.read more »