Exhibitions / 25 November - 14 January 2023

Paul Maheke – We took a sip from the devil’s cup

Tickets: Free

Opening Night , 24 November 5:30-7pm

Public Programme:
The Origin Of Death. Unresolved Reflections, 14 December 7-8pm, followed by reception from 8pm.

Show Time: 11am - 5pm

Project Visual Arts welcomes you to our next exhibition, opening 24 November.

We took a sip from the devil’s cup is Paul Maheke’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. It rounds out Project’s annual programme and brings us into 2023, inviting questions about futurity through a more sensual, spectral and affective mode.

“Cosmology and communication between different worlds are recurrent subjects of Paul Maheke’s work in which the artist attempts to move beyond Western modes of knowledge production. Ghosts and other non-human messenger figures carry narratives that often address questions of erasure and permeability in the construction of identity instead of relying on representation as a tool. Paul Maheke’s newly commissioned work consists of a series of seven drawings bleached into fabric, accompanied by glass lamps, hand-blown at Atelier Gamil (France)…The otherworldly faces in the drawings are loosely based on a tasseography session, a divinatory reading of patterns in coffee sediment, reflecting the artist’s long-term interest in the esoteric and its relation to non-Western forms of knowledge production. Reading through images and storytelling, rather than representation, are of central importance to the artist.” – Rado Istok (The Spectral Forest, an exhibition at Nida Art Colony)

Come along Thursday 24 November from 5:30 for our opening event. Opening kindly sponsored by Febvre.

We took a sip from the devil’s cup will be accompanied by a public programme including a performative lecture, The Origin Of Death. Unresolved Reflections, on 14 December.


If you require assistance for your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 . You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.


Credits: Paul Maheke & NAC of Vilnius Academy of Arts within the framework of 4Cs, 2020. ©
ADAGP, Paris, 2022. Photo by Ansis Starks.


Paul Maheke (b. 1985, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) lives and works in Montpellier, FR. He completed an MA Art Practice from École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy (2011) and was an Associate of Open School East’s Programme of study, London/ Margate, UK (2015). With a focus on dance and through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound and video, Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity are formed and constituted.

Maheke’s works and performances have been shown at High Line, New York, Tate Modern, London, the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, Baltic Triennial 13, Manifesta 12, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich and Chisenhale Gallery, London, amongst others.


Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

Opening sponsored by Febvre.

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