IMAGINED COMMUNITIES

Screen Shot 2018-01-22 at 14.19.20.pngWall Drawings as exhibited at Golden thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland.
Curated by Miguel Amado
Artists: Inbal Abergil, Khaled Barakeh, Colin Darke, Kai-Oi Jay Yung and Nada Prlja.

Imagined Communities is an exhibition that brings together works by a diverse set of established and emerging artists from around the world. Featured artists are Inbal Abergil, Jude Anogwih, Rachel Bacon, Khaled Barakeh, Colin Darke, Shilpa Gupta, Nada Prlja, Judite dos Santos, Alejandro Vidal, Cheng-Ta Yu, Kai-Oi Jay Yung, and Carla Zaccagnini. The show is curated by Miguel Amado and draws on his ongoing research into zones of conflict across the globe in general and into the imagination of Northern Ireland in particular.

Imagined Communities examines nationalism from an ideological perspective as well as from the mythological narratives that build national identity. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the 1983 book of the same title by the sociologist Benedict Anderson. Anderson advocates that a nation is a socially constructed community, imagined by the individuals who perceive themselves as part of a given society, and that this process takes place within the context of modernity. This thesis is explored through references to the symbols that shape the identification of a group with a common territory and history.

Imagined Communities includes works that address the typical elements, from flags to anthems, through which a nationalist feeling is formed in the collective unconscious. There are also works that look at monuments as a means to convey emotions and memories attached to systems of values, beliefs, and attitudes shared by a people. Allusions to military apparatuses, maps and separation barriers – such as walls – appear in works that suggest that uneven geographies play a key role in the development of nationalist enterprises. Migration movements are present in works that speak to the ambition for borderless countries characterizing the current age of globalization.

Nada-Prlja
The Wall drawings, 2012-2013. 33 drawings, Ink on paper. Sizes variable.
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The Wall drawing, 2012. Ink on paper.
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The Wall drawing, 2012. 50x70cm. Ink on paper.
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The Wall drawing, 2012. 50x70cm. Ink on paper.

Wall drawings is a set of 33 preparatory studies that stand alone as a work of art; it allows an understanding of the multiple types of existing separations/barriers that exist around the world.

Some of the drawings visualise the  research made in preparation of the Peace Wall project for Berlin (2012) – a city that remains marked by the fragmentation of urban space, and that may be used to symbolise all divided cities across the globe.

“Wall Darawins” as exhibited at Golden Thread Gallery

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Other artworks within the exhibition:

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Exhibition history:

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

IMAGINED COMMUNITIES, Curated by Miguel Amado / imagined communities _ golden thread gallery PDF

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Dorksy Gallery, New York

Contested Territories, by Miguel Amado / Contested Territories Catalogue

Press coverage:

Contested Territories at Dorsky Gallery, Art in New York City, 23.09.2012 contested territories at dorsky gallery _ art in new york city / PDF art in new york city

Imagined Communities: A Shared Future? What international experiences of conflict can teach Northern Ireland, by By Sharlene McGee

Imagined Communities – Panel Discussion at the Golden Thread Gallery, The Representative Body for Visual Artists in Northern