Jaki Irvine’s In a World Like This is a multi-screen video projection shot at Eagles Flying, The Irish Raptor Research Centre in Ballymote, County Sligo, during her 2006 Model Fellowship at Model Arts and Niland Gallery.
Some of the birds at the Raptor Research Centre arrive in a poor state, whether through ill treatment at previous holdings or by sustaining injuries in the wild. At Eagles Flying, amongst the healing limbs and infections, new relationships are nurtured with great care and patience by the birds’ handlers. By tracing the sometimes hesitant yet elegant flights and landings of these impressive birds – to and from their handlers – the fragile lines between vulnerability, freedom, trust and dependence reveal themselves gradually in this installation comprising nine colour films and a soundtrack created by Irvine. In a World Like This is concerned fundamentally with how we might best proceed in circumstances that are not perfect, but possibly the best they’re likely to be.
Jaki Irvine was born in 1966 in Dublin. She completed her BA in 1989 at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and received her MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London in 1994. Her work is included in the collections of The Arts Council of England, The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Events & Talks
Saturday 10 November, 3pm
Lucy Reynolds, content manager of Luxonline and independent artist, curator, writer and lecturer discusses themes and concerns emerging from Jaki Irvine’s recent work.
Thursday 6 December, 7pm
Michael Newman in conversation with Jaki Irvine. Organised in collaboration with Double Agents.
A major new publication to mark the exhibition will be published in early 2008 with essays by Michael Newman and Will Bradley.
The exhibition has been co-commissioned by Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo and Chisenhale Gallery.