October 11 - November 10 2006
Maguire has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East and has travelled to Bahrain for over 15 years. Viewpoint is a series of works that negotiate this relationship, between people and place, memory and tradition. Katrina has collated testimonies of personal and cultural memory of family and friends living in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Three video potraits express views and experiences of living between two seemingly similar cultures and traditions. The interviews are candid, informative and enlightening, offering a personal explanation of cultural traditions and contemporary living.
The video portraits feature Bahrain residents describing contemporary life in the Middle East. Each subject explains aspects of the culture and traditions of life on this tiny island and neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Two additional video works and a series of paintings depict this idyllic yet controlled environment.
Katrina Maguire was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1967. She graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin with an MA in Fine Art-Media and attained her primary degree in Painting from Chelsea School of Art, London. Maguire is currently based in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and is an assistant lecturer in Fine Art, Painting at Limerick School of Art and Design. Viewpoint was recently shown as part of the Context Gallery off-site project at Prehen Hosue, Derry. Solo exhibitions include Picture house at the Context Gallery and draw’ing-room at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. Recent group shows include ev+a 2004, the Stone Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia.
The exhibition continues until 10 November 2007. A catalogue with essays by Sara Greavu and Gill Addison is available from the gallery.
The LAB will hold an artist’s talk on 6 November with Katrina Maguire and Jason Oakley.