Two day symposium to wrap up Eva exhibition

Two day symposium to wrap up Eva exhibition

Koyo Kouoh speaking at the opening of EVA International 2016, 'Still (the) Barbarians' Picture: Miriam O'Connor

A TWO day symposium forming part of Eva International will take place in the Belltable next week.

Still (the) Barbarians: A Symposium, bringing together key speakers and EVA International artists, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 12 and 13.

The event, supported by the Johann Jacobs Museum in partnership with Limerick 2020, will feature a keynote lecture by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, performances by Yong Sun Gullach, and Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, with participants including Mary Evans, Prof. Luke Gibbons, Dr Declan Long and more.

It is a centrepiece of Eva curator Koyo Kouoh’s exhibition and will examine how artists respond to postcolonial legacies, while also looking more specifically at the lasting impact that colonialism has had on the Irish language.

“This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule, and Ireland has heavily invested in commemorating this,” said Ms Kouoh.

“The commemoration is somewhat detached from the trauma of the revolution, or uprising that begun the process of detangling from the coloniser. With this symposium I want to locate Ireland within contemporary postcolonial discourse and unpack some of the consequences of decolonisation still apparent today,” she added.

Eva finishes on July 17. See