The event Artist talk | Eamonn Harnett took place on 31 May 2018, 16:00 – 17:00.
A Tale of a Tub invites you for a conversation with Eamonn Harnett, whose work is currently on view as part of the exhibition Assemblages of Intimacy. After the talk you are welcome to join us for a drink on the terrace of the bathhouse.
For his new film Reflections upon an unknown country (2018) Eamonn Harnett travelled to the South West Coast of Ireland to explore the utopian ideals of his parents, who ran an llama farm during his teenage years. Harnett juxtaposes the material that resulted from this travel with his recent film Hopes for unity, self articulation and sustainability of a group (2018), which derives from his previous experience of staying with the Agta, an indigenous people who live in isolated mountainous parts of the island of Luzon, the Philippines, along with saltwater aquariums inhabited by North Sea anemones. Through a layering of personal and non-personal references of traditional world views and existing biotope systems, Harnett questions what physically and emotionally heeds us to become more involved, empathetic and at one with the natural environment.
About the artist
Eamonn Harnett’s work evolves through varied media of film, performance and installations. To him the confrontation with specific spaces for long periods of time is where relationships of kin are build and personified through material means; building identities through material representations that are sometimes either useful or problematic when thinking about natural sustainable equilibrium. To Harnett the global interconnectedness has made the local simplified, its intertwined human to nature knowledge in a process of forgetting. Within his work Harnett attempts to counteract this by getting into contact with material and environmental parameters, as if finding kin, specifics that often unconsciously reference to his own youth growing up in an Irish countryside. Harnett studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, where he was the recipient of the Rietveld Fine Arts Prize 2013, awarded by a jury consisting of David Jablonowski, Rob Johannesma, Rieke Vos, Steven ten Thije, H.W. Werther and Bregje van Woensel. Subsequently he was a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam between 2014 – 2016. Harnett showed his work, among others, at the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem (Haarlem), Kunsthuis Syb (Beetsterzwaag), De Ateliers (Amsterdam) and Art Rotterdam, as a participant in Prospects & Concepts 2018, organized by the Mondriaan Fund.