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Versions and Diversions Curated by Karen Downey
This exhibition is initiated by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and curated by Karen Downey

Maurizio Anzeri (IT)
Ruth Claxton (UK)
Mariana Mauricio (BR)

Versions and Diversions brings together a selection of works by contemporary artists who have all developed an experimental approach to working with found photographs, intervening in the image at surface and compositional levels through a range of processes, from cutting and placing, to stitching and tearing.

The exhibition explores how these contemporary works might be seen as a series of ‘versions’ and ‘diversions’. ‘Version’, in the sense of adaptation; of a composition that has been recast in a new form, and ‘diversion’ as redirection or an instance of turning something aside from its course.

The results are delicately constructed statements, highly subjective and ambiguous, which seduce us into a world turned upside-down.

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Exhibition talk with Karen Downey: Thursday 14 July at 5pm


Opening day: 6pm 14 July
Dates: 14 July – 20 August
Opening hours:
Tue to Sat 10am-6pm

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
5-9 Temple Bar
Dublin 2

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Karen Downey has worked as curator at Belfast Exposed since 2001 developing the archive, exhibition and publishing programmes. Belfast Exposed regularly commissions new work and co-publishes books with international publishers, including Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Black Dog and Photoworks. Exhibited and commissioned artists include Duncan Campbell, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Daniel Jewesbury, Aisling O’Beirn, Factotum, John Duncan, Claudio Hils and Kai-Olaf Hesse. In 2009 she curated Remote Viewing by Susan MacWilliam for Northern Ireland’s presentation at the 53rd Venice Biennale. She holds a BA in Art and Design and an MA in Social Sciences. She is a member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Curatorial Panel.

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