Clare Langan solo exhibition
Curated by Neva Elliott
This exhibition opening will include a screening of two films by Clare Langan, curated by Neva Elliott
The Human Flock (2017) 12 minutes
Flight from the City (2016) 8 minutes
Clare Langan creates beautiful, haunting visions in video. Landscapes abandoned, reclaimed by nature, after the fall of civilisation and humanity. Images oscillating between familiarity and otherness of terrains succumbed to weather.
Langan’s worlds are not only visual but aural, music and soundscape replace narrative to create sonic portraits of post-apocalyptic scenes. She has worked with composers and musicians such as Jóhann Jóhannsson, Linda and Irene Buckley, Judith Ring; Hildur Guðnadóttir; Jana Winderen, Jurgen Simpson and filmed in locations in Ireland, Iceland and Namib Desert.
This exhibition features the Irish premiere of The Winter of 13 Storms (2017).
Clare Langan studied Fine Art at NCAD and with a Fulbright Scholarship, completed a film course at NYU. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from NUI. She has represented Ireland in numerous international Biennales, including the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image Frankfurt, 2017; 25th Biennale de Sao Paulo, 2002 Brazil; The Liverpool Biennial - International 2002, Tate Liverpool: Sounds and Visions 2009, Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv and Singapore Biennial 2008. In 2003 Langan presented A Film Trilogy at MoMA in New York. Her films have won numerous international prizes including the Principle Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2007, Germany, and best film at Videoformes 2014, for The Floating World. It was exhibited as a 3-screen installation in VISUAL Center of Contemporary Art in 2015, and has since been exhibited in Städtische Galerie, Delmenhorst, Germany and The Tom Tompson Art Gallery, Canada, where she also exhibited The Winter of 13 Storms.
In 2017 she exhibited her film The Human Flock at Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland. The film travelled to Dirimart, Istanbul July 2018, as part of The Best of Kino der Kunst curated by Heinz Peter Schwerfel. Her film Flight from the City premiered at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image 2015 in Frankfurt, before touring to Beijing and Shanghai. Jóhann Jóhannsson went on to use Flight from the City to launch his 2016 album Orphee
Her work is in a number of international public and private collections including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Arts Council of Ireland and the OPW. She is currently working on two new films Songlines, and The Heart of a Tree.
She is represented by Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt.
Neva Elliott is a graduate of DLIADT and Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fine Art. She is a professional practicing artist exhibiting nationally and internationally, with institutions such as the RHA, Limerick City Gallery of Art, the National Gallery of Ireland and the South African National Gallery. In 2006 Elliott also represented Ireland at the International Artists Residency in Argentina. A winner of the Taylor Arts Award, her work featured in The Taylor Arts Award Retrospective at The National Gallery of Ireland in 2006. She also curates, writes and speaks on contemporary art practice and has had creative non-fiction published in Banshee literary journal and RTÉ online. Neva is also CEO of Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading new music group.
*Climate Fiction, the term ‘cli-fi’ was coined by blogger Dan Bloom to describe fiction dealing with the current and projected effects of climate change.