The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project at Artisterium VI, Tbilisi, Georgia
Curated by Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Tbilisi History Museum, 4th-14th October 2013
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project is a collaborative art project which brings together eight Irish artists to develop work to represent Ireland at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia, 2013. The eight participating artists are: Brian Fay, Mary A.Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Colin Martin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Aoife McGarrigle, Kate Murphy and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin.
Each artist was invited to develop an initial image which was emailed to the next artist in the group. The second artist responded to it by working over it and then emailing it on to the third artist who also responded to it and passed it on. The process continued until each of the eight artists had worked on each of the eight images. A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can then be used again.
The theme for Artisterium VI – “Am I you?” – is about exploring how we deal with ’the other’ in our lives – other ethnic groups, other nations, other people – a collaborative project between artists is particularly relevant and is the inspiration for the curatorial concept. Each artist and including Ian Joyce also developed an individual artwork responding to the curatorial theme to be exhibited as Ireland’s representation at Artisterium VI.
Cló and The Living Archive invited Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn to curate The Palimpsest / Rianú Project for Artisterium VI, Tbilisi International Art Exhibition in October 2013. The The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project will be exhibited in Ireland in 2014.
The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVzv_IYKDSI