Friday 8th September 2017. Flight 17, West Jet to St. John’s
I am at the gate, on my way to St. John’s in Canada. Outside the morning brightness reflects on large cumulus clouds: soft cream and blues. It may have taken a few years of talking about Newfoundland, but I am now lucky enough to have a two-week residency on this island.
Since pre Irish Famine times, people have been emigrating to Newfoundland from Ireland. They were going for the fishing but often came from farming backgrounds. Of all the emigrants, the Irish were the largest consortium to move their lives to Newfoundland and many families came from counties Waterford, Wexford, West Meath and Carlow, a place that I call home.
I am particularly curious to discover if the historical link with Newfoundland still exists though farming practices, methods or specific plants and if these were integrated into modern day food production.
I know it won’t be like stepping back into history yet I am looking for connections, traditions or knowledge that may have been passed down through families, I think about the emigrants in boats, bringing with them what they could carry, making this same journey but going to start a new life on a different island.
For full text and images, please see: https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/09/19/food-newfoundland/
Max’s dried fish. Phillip’s Cove, Newfoundland.
I am delighted to have had my work selected for the Loosen Art photobook ‘Shift’.
The selected images are from my project: https://annabelkonigvisualartist.com/2017/05/05/this-i-can-carry/
Shift” is a matter of movement, “shift” is a matter of change, of displacement. The images, the artworks are there, we can see them, but at the same time they are dis/placed in another reality, in another dimension. Again, a “shift” is a path towards the unknown, considered in its different layers of meaning and it is a topic completely up-to-date, in line with the needs and the circumstances we live in our ordinary life. It is not a coincidence that many of the artists in the show are interested in political and social topics, although this book cannot be limited to that. Actually, looking at the artworks, we can perceive the presence of three main thematic groups: the first one related to the human race, the second connected to the nature and the last one linked to the ‘artificial’ world, from technology to geometry.
Being men constantly migrating from one place to the other – and, especially, departing from difficult places in search of a different, ‘easier’ dimension –, they are at the centre of some of the artworks, representing an interesting metaphor: they are the symbol of our contemporary living.
Authors Silvia Colombo, Antonio Muratore
Publication date 15 November 2017
Publication City/Country Rome, Italy
Format Hardback Laminil | 92 pages
Dimensions 210 x 297 x 16mm | 260g
Illustrations note 82 colour illustrations
Everyone has, at some point, packed a bag to take with them on a journey; but how many of us have packed a bag that will hold all we have left in this world? When you’re forced to leave your home, what do you bring with you? What will fit into the rucksack or bag that you, yourself must carry for such a long way? What size is this bag, how much does it weigh? How much can you carry; physically, psychologically?
On the 11th of May (2017) Annabel will be travelling to Athens to meet up and work with refugees who find themselves held up in Athens, Greece, waiting for a new, safe place to live until it is possible for them to go home. She will be working under the umbrella of the UNHCR and the Nostos Organisation to make work for her project ‘This I can carry’.
For more information, stay tuned to:
This I can carry
Great to see the 9 Stones so well represented at Vue this year.
Beautifully presented works by: Rachel Joynt, Gwen Wilkinson, Anthony Lyttle and Michelle Byrne (image).
Finally getting around to sorting the web presence.
As part of the curated Carlow Arts Festival, we showed in the wonderful Gate Lodge on the grounds of St. Patrick’s college, Carlow.