Project Arts Centre presents

Talks and Readings


Dates: 16 Oct - 16 Oct

Show Time: 6:00pm


Visual Arts Talk



Coinciding with the exhibition Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre is delighted to welcome artist Caroline Achaintre to Dublin, to speak about her participation in the exhibition and her wider sculptural practice.

Achaintre makes sculptures that transform applied arts materials (ceramics, textiles) into works of abstract portraiture, based on the recurring motif of the human face. Her work is both playfully anthropomorphic, and arrestingly dark. This duality is central to Achaintre’s approach. In Whitewashing the Moon, her ceramic sculptures Looney, Polymum, Two Nails and Wadder
resemble fetishistic masks removed, and convey extraordinary character through inanimate
objects. There is magic in their making, transformed as they have been, at some unknown point, from ideas into physical entities.

Whitewashing the Moon is the current gallery exhibition at Project Arts Centre and together with Achaintre’s, features work by Jorge De la Garza (MX), Eleanor Duffin (IE), Barbara Knezevic (AU/IE), Raphaël Zarka (FR) and Edward Everett Hale (US). Curated by Tessa Giblin and Kate Strain, the exhibition continues until 27 October 2012.

Free admission, no booking required. Due to limited capacity spaces will be issued on a first come first served basis. The talk will run until 6.45pm and is followed by teas, coffees and hellos.

This event is kindly supported by the French Embassy in Ireland.

Whitewashing the Moon is based on a short story by Edward Everett Hale, originally published in 1869. It tells the tale of the men and women who conceived of the first recorded imagining of a satellite in orbit, and the events that unfolded as they eventually went about creating a ‘Brick Moon’. As well as being a scientifically advanced concept for its time, the science-fiction fantasy that evolved through the story also creates an extraordinary transformative effect.

This transformative concept is at the centre of Whitewashing the Moon, in which a twilit garden of sculptures, moving images and other material installations communicate a similar potential for objects. The works of Caroline Achaintre, Jorge De la Garza, Eleanor Duffin, Barbara Knezevic and Raphaël Zarka all explore in different ways the transformative potential of objects and ideas.



Caroline Achaintre (b. 1969, Toulouse, France) lives and works in London. Having trained as a blacksmith in Germany, Achaintre subsequently studied fine art at Kunsthochschule in Halle/Saale, Chelsea College of Art & Design and Goldsmiths College.
Solo exhibitions include Trip-Dip, Arcade, London (2012); Couleur Locale, Arcade, London (2010); Novelty, Mirko Mayer, Cologne (2008); Visor Visitor, Fake Estate, New York (2008); Six Strings, Blow de la Barra, London (2007) and DEEDIE, The Showroom, London (2005). Recent group exhibitions include Imagine Being Here Now, The 6th Momentum Biennial, Norway (2011) Kopf an Kopf, Oechsner Galerie, Nuremberg, (2011); and Newspeak: British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2010).  Achaintre is represented by Arcade, London.
Kate Strain is co-curator of Whitewashing the Moon and Assistant Curator 2012 at Project Arts Centre. Strain pursues an independent curatorial practice through event and exhibition making. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice (IADT, Dun Laoghaire), and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture (TCD). Recent curated projects include Production – an experiment in collaborative exhibition making, with Black Church Print Studio, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin (2012); The Garden – Colin Martin, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin (2012) and Raising the Ink Flag, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick (2012). Strain currently serves on the board of directors for Commonage and is a member of The Good Hatchery.


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