We Only Want the Earth: Artist Talks | Chris Hinojosa & Áine O’Hara
We Only Want the Earth is a 12-month programme of awards, exhibitions, and events that seeks to interrogate the goals and strategies of social change: what kind of society do we want and how should we get there?
Join us for our first artist talk of the programme with our artists in residence Chris Hinojosa and Áine O’Hara. Both artists will present their practice to date and talk about the work they intend to make over the coming months.
When & Where?
Wed 22nd Jan 2020
7pm – 9pm
A4 Sounds Gallery
St Joseph’s Parade
Upper Dorset Street
(Google Maps Link)
Kameha-Mija! Chris Hinojosa (2019) Video, 3.39 minutes
Chris Hinojosa’s practice concerns the stage as an opportunity for the suspension of disbelief, the reclamation of space, and fantasy as mechanisms for shifting power dynamics. Recently she has been working primarily with her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalizing public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity. Working in photography, vocal performance and audio production, Chris uses the ‘stage’ (sometimes a public site) to allow the body to become greater than it is in isolation, shifting everyday dynamics to allow fantasy to become a personal reality.
Statistics show that in 2019 there were around 400 reported murder cases worldwide of trans persons. Chris’ home state of Texas in the US makes up about 33 of those cases, all of which were persons of color. During her residency, Chris will create a performance installation informed by the Catholic heritage of her family and the current epidemic of trans death in society. The work will aim to draw comparisons between mythic religious iconography and the real, tangible bodies of those whom we have lost in the trans community, creating a fantasy realm which builds new mythologies from the very real experiences of trans women.
GAA MAAD, co-written by Áine O’Hara and Vickey Curtis. Documentation from Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 performance. Image Credit: Simon Lazewski
Áine O’Hara is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker and designer. Áine has presented work at Dublin Fringe Festival; Dublin Live Art Festival; Live Collision International Festival; Smock Alley: Scene and Heard festival of new work; Westival: Westport Music and Arts Festival; Theatre Machine at Project Arts Centre; participant in the Abbey Begins New Writing programme 2019. Further recent awards/recognitions include: Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019, Oileán Artist in Residence 2019, DUETS programme Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, Ps2 residency Belfast 2019, World of Co Residency, Sofia, Bulgaria 2019 and DIVA Award Electric Picnic 2017. Áine has also worked in art departments for film and tv including ‘Red Rock’ currently on Virgin Media One and upcoming Irish feature film ‘Broken Law’ by Paddy Slattery.Education: graduate of IADT, Dun Laoghaire and The Lir, Trinity College Dublin
Calling in Sick is a body of work about disability, productivity and what it means to be a useful member of society. Áine has several chronic illnesses, including fibromyalgia which as of now is not recognised as a disability in Ireland. They are developing a body of work based on their and other chronic illness sufferers’ experiences of our health service in Ireland. She is interested in who is believed when they say they are in pain and is investigating whether or not disabled people can ever be equal under a capitalist society. Calling in Sick explores healthcare utopias, gameshows where the prize is treatment, and whether political protest and artistic actions can actually change the law in this country.
By becoming a Friend of We Only Want the Earth you will help us realise our programme to its fullest potential by enabling us to facilitate more engaging and accessible art experiences for communities we work with and help us develop our programme for many years to come. Click here to donate!