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Jessica Foley brings her work to Zagreb

Work by Dr Jessica Foley, CONNECT’s Writer in Residence and member of the Irish art collective Difference Engine, has been opened by the Irish Ambassador to Croatia at the Bačva Gallery in Zagreb.

Jessica says “Difference Engine play with the idea of ‘jamming’; in one sense ‘jamming’ signifies stasis, shock, or rupture, but in another sense it signifies change, growth, improvisation and invigoration between players.

“Increasingly, we feel and know that we are living through a moment of rapid technological and environmental change, pervasive wars and intellectual, emotional and political inertia. We live and work in societies and contexts increasingly conditioned by anti-democratic politics, predictive policing algorithms and grotesque technological consumerism, irresponsibility and waste. More than ever, we feel the necessity of art.”

CONNECT’s Harun Siljak (Research Fellow) and Elma Avdic (PhD researcher), assisted Jessica with preparatory work for the installation.

Difference Engine is both an evolving exhibition and a model of artist-led curation by Wendy Judge, Gillian Lawler, Mark Cullen and Jessica Foley. This is the eleventh edition of the travelling exhibition Difference Engine XI – ALTERN_ATORS, and includes a site-specific installation accompanied by images, photographs and sound installations.

This exhibition is part of a return international collaboration between the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) and Pallas Projects/Studio that, besides presenting Irish artists, also includes the presentation of Croatian artists in Dublin at the exhibition ‘I Saw a Woman in Inverness Whom I Shall Never Forget’ (Antun Maračić, Andreja Kulunčić, Bojan Mucko, Ana Mušćet) and a lecture by the Croatian artists at Trinity College Dublin.

Difference Engine ALTERN_ATORS is sponsored by Culture Ireland.

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