b. 1967, IRELAND
I CAME TO THE SEA AND I WAS SCARED. MY HEART IS BROKEN (2016)
Photographs by Natalia Tsoukala and Panos Kokkinias for NEON and MAI
Words of a fisherman who found the bodies of young refugees on the beaches of Greece flood this work by Kira O’Reilly, that speaks of loss, decay and despair. Words carried away by the sea to become inarticulate sounds, nonsense. The artist uses materials that spoil and decompose, such as copper that reacts with salt and water to become green — verdigris. The first version of this work was performed here in Athens last year at BIOS (as part of Love Letter to a (Post)-Europe, curated by Lisa Alexander), performed by Vassiliki Dimou, then by Kira O’Reilly at the Dublin Live Art Festival in November 2015; it now returns again to Athens.
Kira O’Reilly is an Irish visual artist currently based in Helsinki. She employs performance, bio-technical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She writes, teaches, mentors and collaborates with humans of various types and technologies, and non-humans of numerous divergences including mosses, spiders, the sun, pigs, cell cultures, horses, micro-organisms, bicycles, rivers, landscapes, tundras, rocks, trees, shoes, food, books, air, moon and ravens. She is a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Helsinki, where she is programme leader of the Masters in Ecology and Contemporary Performance.
Performed as part of:
NEON + MAI | AS ONE
March 10 - April 24, 2016