Project Arts Centre presents


Sandra Johnston: Wait it Out

Dates: 29 Aug - 17 Oct

Show Time: 11am-7pm

Tickets: €0 (Free Admission)

Opening: 29 August 2019

This solo exhibition with newly commissioned video work of Sandra Johnston at Project commences in late August and partly revisits her time spent in Dublin during the late 1990s. As an emerging artist Sandra was both resident at IMMA and participated at the OFF Site programme of Project Arts Centre curated by Valerie Connor between 1998 and 1999. Her work ‘Reserved’ consisted of a performance over two consecutive nights on the rooftop of the former Ormond Hotel with a video installation shown inside the building. Connecting different experiences and conversations Sandra recalls the challenging living and working conditions of being an artist in Celtic Tiger Dublin. Based in the Liberties working daily on a FAS community scheme, she observed both the continuing precarity and the imminent changes occurring in the neighbourhood.

This exhibition will bring together salvaged film materials from 1950s/60s archival sources, late 1990s documentary footage filmed by the artist, and new performance-based video work, attempting to piece together historical moments from peripheral viewpoints, locate specific objects and gestures, interact and interrupt narratives of situations both common and exceptional.

Sandra Johnston’s solo exhibition at Project Arts Centre opens on 29 August 2019 and runs until 17 October 2019. Her new work is supported by the Irish Museum of Modern Art Production Residency.

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Difference Fostered, collaborative performance with Dominic Thorpe as part of ‘Future Histories’, a project marking the Centenary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, commissioned by Níamh Murphy and Áine Phillips (Performance Art Live Foundation), Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, 2016. Photo: Joseph Carr

Contingent, solo performance as part of ‘Border Crossings’ part 1, commissioned by Mary Knights & Michelle Browne at SASA Gallery, Adelaide, Australia, 2016. Photo: Brianna Speight

Ash She He, collaborative performance with Alastair MacLennan, commissioned by Summerhall Gallery as part of Edinburgh Festival, 2017. Photo: Cat Thomson

The Shadow of a Doubt, solo exhibition comprised of video/sculpture installations and a durational performance at The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2012, commissioned by Peter Richards. Photo: Deirdre McKenna

The Space of A Chair audio/photographic installation and performance, as part of group show ‘And the One Doesn’t Stir Without the Other’, commissioned by Ruth Jones & Ursula Burke, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, 2003. Photo: Ruth Jones

Sandra Johnston is a visual artist from Northern Ireland active internationally since 1992, working predominantly in the areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Her actions have often involved exploring the aftermath of trauma through developing acts of commemoration that exist as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. She has held various teaching and research posts and currently is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Northumbria University, Newcastle. Her practice-based investigation into issues of ‘trauma of place’ were extended as a PhD project entitled – Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Through Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice published in 2013 with LIT (Berlin). She has been a co-founder and committee member of various artist-run collectives in Belfast, notably: CATALYST ARTS and BBEYOND.

Some of her most recent performances and projects include:
Asiatopia 20th Performance Festival, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2018), Live Action 13, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018), Minimal, Poor, Present, as part of Glasgow International 2018, Scotland (2018), We Shout and Shout, But No One Listens: Art from Conflict Zones, CAMP/ Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017), Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty and War, part of Freedom City Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2017), Future Histories, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (2016), Border Crossings, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, Australia (2016), Lay Allude, with Alastair MacLennan, Bòlit Museum, Girona, Spain (2016), Tangible Live, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2015), VIVA! Art Action, Montréal, Canada (2015).

Performance workshops solo, or with Alastair MacLennan: Interval 9 eXtended, Oberhausen, Germany (2017), Days of Performance Art in lviv, Ukraine (2015 & 2017), CREATurE Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania (2016).

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