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Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca


01 September - 01 January 2020

VISUAL Carlow and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios are delighted to announce the development of a major new film project by artists Wagner/De Burca

The artists will take up residencies in Dublin, Carlow and Liverpool later this year as they research and produce a new film exploring Ireland’s trad and country music scenes. The work will be exhibited at VISUAL and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in summer 2020, and at the Bluecoat Liverpool later in Autumn 2020. This work has also been supported by the Arts Council with a touring award which will take it to Galway Film Fleadh, The Willie Clancy Festival, Sirius Arts Centre, Wexford Arts Centre and The Model Arts Centre.

About the artists:
Wagner/De Burca are Barbara Wagner (BR) and Benjamin De Burca (IE). They have been collaborating since 2012. Their work navigates a space between documentary film making and fiction. They work with varied collaborators and communities to celebrate and reframe vernacular cultures, particularly around subcultures of music and musical performance. They examine how musical genres adapt in response to changing economic conditions, particularly in emerging economies or post-colonial geographical contexts

Wagner/De Burca’s photo and film works have been shown at festivals such as the 2017 and 2018 Berlinale Official Shorts competition, and exhibitions including the 20th edition of VideoBrasil, the 33rd / 35th 'Panorama de Arte Brasileira' (Museu do Arte Moderna) and the 32nd Bienal in São Paulo, the 36th Eva International and 5th Skulptur Projekte in Münster. Recent projects include FRONT International, Cleveland, and Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 solo exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum, Holland, and Museo Tamayo, Mexico.  Most recently, they have been selected to represent Brazil at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Commissioned by VISUAL Carlow and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
Curators/commissioners: Emma Lucy O'Brien (VISUAL, Carlow) and Rayne Booth
Tour Coordinator: Rayne Booth for VISUAL
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Project Award and The Arts Council Touring Award