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EVA is an artist-centred biennial of contemporary art that works with acclaimed international guest curators to present innovative exhibitions across the city of Limerick, Ireland. Artists’ projects are selected through an international open call for proposals and a programme of talks, workshops and events accompanies the exhibitions and provides further opportunities for audiences to engage. EVA’s core objective is organizing high quality and innovative contemporary art exhibitions and projects. Through this EVA aims to: ● Bring exemplary international curatorial practice to Limerick ● Support international artists to make new work in relation to the context of Limerick ● Create opportunities for local audiences to engage with high quality and innovative international artworks ● Increase and enhance cultural diversity and dialogue across all aspects of the biennial, including: ● Increasing international participation, partnerships and profile ● Creating international professional networking opportunities
Each EVA is designed by the guest curator. EVA 2012 curated by Annie Fletcher, featured a central exhibition selected from over 2000 proposals from 76 countries. Alongside this exhibition were a series of collaborations with local, national and international partners including: ● Exhibitions from The Israeli Center for Digital Art which focuses on media art from the Middle East, Europe, and the Balkans. ● Exit Limerick by Static Gallery, Liverpool examining the politics and complexities of art criticism, published in the local press and aired in a public forum. ● Visual Artists Ireland’s annual Get Together bringing artists, curators and organizations together for a symposium on critical writing, visual art education, information sessions, discussion groups and networking. ● Gracelands a one-day exhibition/festival curated by Vaari Claffey including installations, performances and screenings. ● Keynote lecture by Italian media theorist and activist Franco “Bifo” Berardi.
EVA has existing working relationships with many of Ireland's ALF Network members and would like further extend opportunities for working in partnership, sharing resources and mutual support. EVA has a history of working with acclaimed international curators and artists and aims to further develop networks of partners locally, nationally and internationally. Though working in partnership across the Network, opportunities and outcomes would be augmented, benefiting all involved.
EVA would like to increase and enhance cultural diversity and dialogue across all aspects of the organization's activities with the hope of developing further international networks and opportunities for artists and organizations. The curator for EVA 2014 is based in Alexandria, Egypt (official announcement pending late January 2013) and through this opportunity EVA hopes to further increase international and intercultural dialogue, participation and partnerships. The aims and objectives of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the actions it supports and promotes are aligned with the aims and ambitions that EVA has to develop international networks, dialogue and professional partnerships. Becoming part of the ALF Network would be a very positive development for EVA the organization, the exhibitions, events, audience and participants.