August 2nd, 2017

Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

Artist: Genieve Figgis

Venue: Almine Rech, Brussels

Exhibition Title: What we do in the shadows

Date: June 3 – July 29, 2017

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Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy of and copyright the artist and Almine Rech, Brussels. Photos by Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography.

Press Release:

Genieve Figgis is a consummate storyteller. Using paint rather than words, her deeply narrative works—often conjuring characters and settings out of the Edwardian age of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy—fit snugly within this long tradition of Irish cultural production. While it may seem essentialist, if not a political minefield, to overemphasize national identity in critical discussions of Figgis’ work, it could be argued that what distinguishes her use of figuration from the slew of contemporary painters is a distinctive translation of the Irish “blarney” into a pictorial form. What theorists such as Eagleton wrote of nineteenth century Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde’s ambivalent relationship to Britannia could easily applied to Figgis’ own work: both conjure Anglo-Irish society at the cusp of Irish independence. A world that is infused with qualities of “violence, travesty, affection, complicity, mimicry, subversion, mutual mystification.”

– Text by Alison M. Gingeras

Link: Genieve Figgis at Almine Rech

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