Sarah Browne: Second Burial at Le Blanc (still from film)
Highlanes Gallery is pleased to announce Sarah Browne’s exhibition Second Burial at Le Blanc, curated by Tessa Giblin, opening Culture Night Friday September 21 at 7pm and continuing until Wednesday 7 November 2012 at the Lower Gallery, Highlanes Gallery. This touring exhibition from Project Arts Centre is funded by the Arts Council.
This recent body of work by Sarah Browne focuses on the small French town of Le Blanc, where, against the backdrop of an unfolding European currency crisis, local artisans and shopkeepers created one of the last refuges for indigenous currencies. In Le Blanc, the franc was accepted, until 17 February 2012, as payment for goods and services in certain shops despite the fact that it was technically no longer legal tender. (This deadline was imposed by the Banque de France at the time of the euro changeover.)
Browne has made a short film with people in the town, in two parts, filmed over the course of a year. Central to the plot is a customised ticker-tape countdown clock made by the artist, which prints both a live currency feed and a countdown of the days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining to the last francs being exchanged in Le Blanc. The film documents an invented ritual around this object, collaging together existing traditions such as the ticker-tape parade and the 'second burial' of the title – a ceremony in Madagascar where a corpse is exhumed and paraded around the village before a second, final farewell. The ticker-tape countdown clock is a fetish of sorts through which to stage a prolonged moment of connection with the mysteries of currency values and the magic of global finance.
This mystery of faith – in the franc, in the idea of a nation as defined by its economic protocols – is implicitly set against present-day insecurity surrounding the future of the euro. As a statement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel declares: ‘The current crisis facing the euro is the biggest test Europe has faced in decades. It is an existential test and it must be overcome… if the euro fails, then Europe fails.’
The unique setting of Highlanes Gallery is a distinctly appropriate space to consider the implications of Browne’s film, and our different senses of time – religious and financial – which create a sense of the future that’s tied up in the promises of happiness deferred.
In Drogheda, we present for the first time in Ireland the completed film, with new footage shot in Le Blanc on the final day of the franc’s circulation. Other elements of the project include two newspapers which weave together historical and anthropological information related to the work, originally published in French and English. (This exhibition will feature a new edition, produced for the work’s return to Ireland.)
Second Burial at Le Blanc is co-produced by Project Arts Centre, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.
Please see http://tiny.cc/49p48 for Tessa Giblin’s text about the exhibition in Project Arts Centre
Highlanes Gallery Public Programme:
What is Installation Art?
Saturday 20, October 2012 at 12.00noon
Presented by Niamh Ann Kelly, lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology.
What is Installation Art? (Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 pdf - 401KB)
WHAT IS_? is an information programme developed by the Irish Museum of Modern Art comprising talks, information booklets and web resources. The purpose of the programme is to introduce key concepts and themes in contemporary art to the general public. Highlanes Gallery welcomes IMMA and the What is programme of lectures and speakers supporting the programme of exhibitions and the audiences at Highlanes Gallery.
free, donations of €2 encouraged, booking advisable
Children’s Mid Term Workshops/ Thursday 1 November, 2012
Join educator and facilitator Lynn McGrane exploring the ideas around Second Burial at Le Blanc in these Children’s Workshops.
Newsflash /11.00am-12.30pm/ Younger Children aged 5-8yrs
Make your own newspaper with your own stories!
Tick-tock Ticker-tape / 1.30pm-3.00pm/ Older Children aged 9-13yrs
What is ticker-tape? We will explore the concept of ticker-tape and its uses, then make and decorate our own.
Exhibition: Sarah Browne’s new commission Second Burial at Le Blanc has been produced by Project Arts Centre, Ikon, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and is accompanied by a co-published catalogue produced in 2012. Second Burial at Le Blanc has been generously supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council, and a Touring Exhibition Award between Project Arts Centre, Highlanes Gallery and Galway Arts Centre.
Artist: Sarah Browne‘s research-based practice centres on the production, distribution and use of particular objects for different situations and locales. She uses the peculiar status of the art object, and its uncertain purpose, as a hinge to lever discussions about economy, value and politics. Flexible in form, the work invokes a variety of problematic documentary strategies, communicating the role of emotion and affect in the development of new forms of social imagination. Recent exhibitions include How to Use Fool’s Gold, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012); Second Burial at Le Blanc, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011), Minimalism and Applied II, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, and Unto This Last, Raven Row, London (both 2010). In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne. She is currently working with the Ikon Youth Programme on a new project, Scarcity Radio, to be presented online throughout 2012. www.sarahbrowne.info;
Highlanes Gallery, now in its fifth year, is a municipal art gallery for Drogheda and the North East, home to the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, and exhibiting a programme of temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Recently, Highlanes Gallery commissioned and solo exhibitions by Brigid McLeer (Ireland/UK), Thomas Brezing (Ireland/Germany), Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh (Ireland), Gereon Krebber (Germany), as well as programming and curating exhibitions from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.
Highlanes Gallery is situated in a former Franciscan Church, in the centre of Drogheda on the Boyne, Co, Louth. Drogheda is a thirty minute train journey from Dublin and 1 hour thirty from Belfast.
Highlanes Gallery gratefully receives financial funding from Drogheda Borough Council, the Arts Council and Irish Cement Ltd.
Venue: Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)
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Admission: Free, donations of €2 encouraged