20 May 2022

Stunning new exhibition launched at Kilkenny's Butler Gallery

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan attended opening of Incoming


At the launch of the new exhibition PICTURE: PJ Browne

This summer Butler Gallery, in partnership with the Kilkenny Arts Festival presents the Irish premiere of acclaimed video installations by the award-winning Kilkenny-born artist Richard Mosse.

Mosse’s work documents the tragedies of our times. His video installation Incoming was made in response to the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

To make Incoming, Mosse employed a highly specialized surveillance camera designed for military use that captures images by detecting thermal radiation, including the heat of a human body, from more than eighteen miles away, day or night. The black, white, and grey tones register temperature rather than colour and visible light, exposing the intimate stories of these
refugees while providing a veil of privacy, isolating the plight of individuals while rendering them emblematic of humanity.

In conjunction with the installations Butler Gallery has programmed a series of events that aims to bring us closer to the stories of people who have been forced to migrate or seek refugee status in Ireland. Migrants and refugees are often purely seen as a statistic in newspapers or on TV, however, behind each number is a person with a very personal set of circumstances. It is important that these people’s experiences are known and understood in order to raise awareness and compassion within wider Irish society.

Programme highlights include:
 A pre-recorded video with artist Richard Mosse in conversation with
Sean O Hagan of the Guardian in which Mosse describes the making of his
immersive video installations Incoming and Grid (Moria). Available to view at
 An online panel discussion with Butler Gallery Director Anna O’Sullivan, artist
Hina Khan and Sophie Henderson, Director of the UK Migration Museum who
analyse how migration as a topic is displayed and interpreted within cultural
organisations, especially museums and galleries.
Wednesday 7 July, 1-2pm.
 Fiona Loughnane, lecturer at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) leads
an online ‘in-conversation’ event with Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and
Communication at NUI Galway and Nick Henderson, CEO of the Irish Refugee
Council on how media reporting of the migration crisis could move away from a
cold and inhuman preoccupation with statistics and figures and ‘fake news’ to
develop more humane approaches that recognise the people at the heart of
every story.
Wednesday 21 July, 1-2pm.

To view the full listing of events and to book check out the Butler Gallery website

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