Ad ampio respiro

by Bea McMahon, Caterina Silva and Vera Pravda

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The ethereal element weaves the fil rouge of the exhibition, becoming body-breath in the works on show.
 

Breath takes on an installation form and a presence in the space, involving visitors in an experience of osmosis in which their own breaths and those of the works give lungs to the space, and vice versa.

The works, like megaphones of vital breaths, show the link between man, environment and art, through the ethereal.

This is something only apparently invisible behind the concreteness of reality, but it is always near and part of us.

The title of the exhibition conceptually includes the expression - used in literature, art and music - to mean a breadth of vision and vastness of conception, an intention that will increasingly accompany the gallery in the realisation of its new architectural project and exhibition programme.

Bea McMahon

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Red cabbage, beetroot, vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, wine, paper, string, thread and computer fan on timer - 2021

Caterina
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Mouth, 2019

mixed media on canvas, 200x152 cm

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Survivor, 2019

mixed media on canvas, 140x200 cm

O (throat), 2020

mixed media on canvas, 150x200 cm

Vera Pravda

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anti-pollution painting on canvas, 200x200 cm, 2019

In through the nose, out through the mouth

performance by Bea McMahon in collaboration with Caterina Silva

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A performance with props that tie together language and smells. In this extract we witness a politician wrestling with her emotions and sense of failure.

Photo credits: Lucrezia Costa

ARTISTS

Bea McMahon (Dublin,1972) works with video, installation and performance art. Her work often navigates through conceptions of reality and their corresponding appearances in the outside world. Trained in mathematics, Bea McMahon employs versions and associations of mathematics and physics that play with distinctions between objects, space and time, and symbols while resonating with a poetic form of agency between non-speaking beings and the world. Recent projects include performances Aftermath/Ghost in Silence at Cave Gallery, Tokyo (2018); On Alterity, FLAM VII, Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam (2017); Open Avond(S), De Appel, Amsterdam (2017); Luser Story, International Day of Brud, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2016); Umstuelpung, The XII Baltic Triennial, Vilnius (2015); Evil under the Sun, Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli (2013). Solo exhibitions include: Floppy Forest, Treignac Projet, Treignac (2021); Under Bat Hill, W139, Amsterdam (2021); Rank, Billytown, Den Haag (2017); BOM, CCA Derry, London (2015); Cover, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2014); Root, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2012); Warp and Woof, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow (2011); Trinity, Flat Time House, London (2011). She has undertaken residencies at Flattime House, London, ACC Gwangju, Korea; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburg; Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam and Via Farini, Milan. She is in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and FRAC Midi-Pyrenees.