CFCP NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES 8
For Migrant Artists, Migrant Arts and Culturally Diverse Arts Communities

Against The Odds 2

The voices of migrants, the main agents of cultural diversity and collaboration, are rarely heard and in these challenging times, there is a danger that they will be completely marginalised. Hence, the focus of this year’s New Voices Series MIGRANT ARTISTS – Against the Odds 2 on visibility and dialogue.

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In response to the COVID19 restrictions, the 8th edition of the New Voices of Ireland Series – Against the Odds 2 will be run as an online series of events.

The aim of the New Voices of Ireland Series is presenting migrant artists to the wider online community, tell about their artistic practices, new and previous works, plans and about themselves – their lives in Ireland and their artistic and personal roots.

Through the New Voices of Ireland Series 8, we want to provide a platform for both physical and conceptual communication between migrant and local artists, their communities and their artworks created through observation and artistic exploration of their work.

ABOUT THE SERIES

17 artists have been selected to collaborate online to work in tandems preparing two 15 – 30 min YouTube live or Zoom interviews/conversations about each other’s work. (15 – 30 min per artist)

Participating artists will share their stories, discuss their artistic concepts, methods, techniques or topics, their plans for the future, ideas, inspirations, challenges, comment on each other work, ask questions. If possible, a visit to each other studios would be welcome, but it is not a requirement.

Each conversation will be premiered on CFCP’s YouTube Channel

The series will start in early February 2021 with 8 different tandems taking part over the course of the series.

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THE PROGRAMME

Date Time Artists Link
Thurs 4 Feb 6.45pm – 9.00pm Leia Mocan (Dublin/Romenia),  Zahra Khan (Cork/Teheran) & Imogen-Blue Hinojosa (Dublin/Mexico/USA/London)
Thurs 4 Feb 6.45pm – 7.30pm Vernissage
Thurs4 Feb 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Leia Mocan (Dublin/Romenia) – Umbilical Cord, video, 14 min; An eulogy of transformation marking the continuous migration of self , through the means of video production, interleaved with witness testimonials , historical and found imagery. From a conceptual perspective, this body of work explores the metamorphosis of the artist’s self-shifting identity recalling the unique historical conditions and events in the Communist Romania of 1987.

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa (Dublin/Mexico/USA/London) – Recently she has been working primarily with her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalizing public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity. Working in photography, vocal performance and audio production, Imogen-Blue uses the ‘stage’ (sometimes a public site) to allow the body to become greater than it is in isolation, shifting everyday dynamics to allow fantasy to become a reality.

Thurs 4 Feb 8.30pm – 9.00pm Chat with the artists on zoom live on Facebook
Date Time Artists Link
Thurs 11 Feb 7.00pm – 8.30pm Irina Maldea – (Ireland/Romania) & Nkosikhona Ngcobo – (Ireland/South Africa)
Thurs 11 Feb 7.00pm – 7.30pm Chat with the artists on zoom live on Facebook
Thurs 11 Feb 7.30pm – 8.30pm Irina Maldea – (Ireland/Romania) – The migrant journey is one that is complex and never quite completed. As shown in many films – both fiction and documentary – that journey is both physical and psychological. And while, at some point, the journey from home to the chosen destination reaches its end, the process of assimilation into a new culture is much slower and at times more trying. Questions of identity, roots, memory, dreams and freedom are often times complicated and difficult to navigate.
I am presenting a new interpretation of the landscape that includes/imposes the immigrant stories. The migrant journey is both physical and psychological. I explore the inner journey of immigrants in Ireland in a unique way, by connecting them to iconic and hallowed Irish landscapes. I am interested in the internal emotions relating to physical connection to place and longing for that place, the desire to belong, uniting all humanity.
Drawing from my experience as a migrant, moving from Romania to Ireland 27 years ago, I explore my story and the stories of those like me. It was through my interaction with the Irish landscape and stories of famine and emigration that I gained a sense of belonging when my story and their stories become one. We, the immigrants, can tell our stories, desires, hopes and fears and imagine the landscape through new eyes, learning about the Irish past of war, famine and emigration

Nkosikhona Ngcobo – (Ireland/South Africa) -At times “Becoming” lead to new a path of New Identity which is always get communicate through Art forms and this always happen to those who Migrate from his or her country. This gave birth to the title my art video title “I AM” which “I” become “Identity”, “A’ become “Art” and “M” become “Migration”. As a results Politics, Power, Greed, War, Pain and hurt create Migration.

Some of this pains started when the Europeans countries and America beings to conniving with United Nations to do immoral, illegal, injustice, lot of harmful and creating ethical groupings, political, and tribalism’s wars in different countries such as Romain, Nigeria, Somilia, Sudan, South Sudan, DRC, Congo, Angola, Central African Republic, Libra, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa due to their dirty interest of looting these countries all mineral resources. The looting and stealing of minerals resource that led to the death of so many innocent people in the Africa including many leaders who were standing up for inequality and injustice. The late Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti and other leaders that are not mention became the victims of oil war business which the international bankers, business, defense of Europe, Middle East, American, and Asia funded war and sell weapon to both side the rebel and the state of that country which they have interest and the war became blood business. Through this the blood war still continue in Africa, Siria, Iran, Palestinian, and Afghanistan. Today bullet is ruling humankind of the world. These problems lead to so many so many people migrate to European such country like Ireland, Germany and other country.

It is this reasons why me and Irina collaborate to come up with the main title called “Becoming”.

Date Time Artists Link
Thurs 18 Feb 6.45pm – 9.00pm Csilla Toldy (Hungarian / N. Ireland) & Viviana Fiorentino (Italian / N. Ireland)
Thurs 18 Feb 7.00pm – 7.30pm Chat with the artists on zoom live on Facebook
Thurs 18 Feb 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Csilla Toldy – ‘Neither here, nor there’, or the poetry of migration –

A dialogue between two poets interspersed with poetry reading in Italian, Hungarian and English on the themes of belonging, borders and how home can take different forms when viewed from a distance.

To take part in New Voices Ireland Series 8, Italian poet Viviana Fiorentino, and Hungarian poet Csilla Toldy decided to create a poetic dialogue. Viviana wrote her poems in Italian and English, Csilla wrote her poems as responses in English and Hungarian.

We conducted our discussion on zoom and the readings are illustrated by footage. One poem “Pio-neers/Arriving” came about by working remotely, shooting footage from our own environment. The footage and sound was directed and edited by Csilla to create a video poem.
Writing is a solitary activity, and we can only connect with an audience when we read. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 this direct experience with a community is taken from us at present. The online interview offers an opportunity to connect with each other and with our audience if albeit in an asynchronous manner.

Viviana Fiorentino – Viviana Fiorentino is Italian and lives in Belfast where she teaches Italian literature. An award-winning poet in Italy, her poems, short stories and translations have appeared in international literature magazines (as Nazione Indiana, FourXFour NI, Poethead, The Blue Nib, Paris Lit Up, Mantis – journal of the Stanford University). In 2019, her poems appeared in the anthology ‘Writing Home’ (Dedalus Press); in 2021, in the anthology ‘Days of Clear Light – A Festschrift in Honour of Jessie Lendennie & in Celebration of Salmon Poetry at 40’ (Salmon Poetry). In Italy, she published a poetry collection (Controluna Press), in anthology (Arcipelago Itaca Edizioni) and a novel (Transeuropa Publishing House). She co-founded two activist poetry initiatives (Sky, You Are Too Big and Letters With Wings) and Le Ortique (forgotten women artists blog).
Since January 2020, she has led creative writing workshops for cultural minorities (Peace IV Project and Quotidian Word of the Street Limited). She has been involved in many different festivals, poetry readings and projects (i.e. Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas 2019, festivals in the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, LabeLLit 2018-19, Bray Lit Festival, International Literature Festival Berlin). She is a recipient of a SIAP grant (2019 and 2020) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a collection of poems.

WATCH THE SERIES

 

Against the Odds2

From 4th February 2021

Each of the tandems will be screen as a premier on the CFCP YouTube Channel.

More details to follow

Giving you an insight into the work that CFCP does in relation to connecting, integrating, and promoting Migrant Artists, Migrant Arts, Culturally Diverse Arts Communities, Arts Participation Groups and developing migrant arts and intercultural arts practices in Ireland.

CFCP winners of the 2019 National Lottery Good Causes Award for Arts and Culture in the Leinster Region. 

THE ARTISTS

Check out the artists who are involved with the New Voices of Ireland Series 8 

Introduction to the Artists

We are delighted to present the artists who make up the New Voices of Ireland Series 8 – Against All Odds 2 

Leia Mocan (Dublin/Romenia)

Leia Mocan (Dublin/Romenia) – multimedia artist and activist working in the mediums of Photography, Sculpture, Art Installation, Art Performance, and Painti. Leia graduated in 2019 from the Griffith College where she earned a BA in Visual Arts, Photography. She was accepted in the Stand Collective Ideas program, a collaborative and creative initiative funded by Irish Aid with a focus on global issues based on the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) framework. As part of this initiative of Suas Educational Development, Leia developed the project “#StopWearingDeadSkin which reached 20k audience in the first 10 days after launch”. Her work was featured in the group exhibition “Cultural memory, transition, temporality” included in the “Culture Night Festival 2019” and several other local and international exhibitions. She received the “Covid-19 Crisis Response Award”, founded by Arts Council ( June 2020 ). 

Zahra Khan (Cork/Teheran)

Zahra Khan (Cork/Teheran) – a twenty two year old visual artist, writer and photographer, born in Cork to a Turkish/Pakistani mother and Afghan/Pakistani father who had emigrated to Ireland in 1996. 

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa (Dublin/Mexico/USA/London)

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa (Dublin/Mexico/USA/London) – born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London. Hinojosa has traveled extensively with her practice including the Ireland, US, UK, Japan, China, and Scandinavia. Having lived in so many countries, she is constantly reflecting on her home and culture as a Mexican American, which features prominently in her work.

Irina Maldea (Ireland/Romania)

Irina Maldea (Ireland/Romania) – film director, editor. Her works spans a variety of roles and genres. irina worked as a film editor in the Romanian national film studios. In Ireland,she continued to edit drama and documentary and began directing documentaries for broadcast and cinematic distribution, working with the Irish language TV station TG4, the Irish Film Board, RTE, Broadcastign Authority of Ireland and the Arts Council. For my cinematic documentary “Congo and Irish Affair”, which I directed. I was awarded the Access Cinema Award for most popular Irish film. Her series “Congo 1961” won the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for best documentary. Since 2018 Irina has been developing a series of experimental documentaries dealing with the individual experience when impacted by larger often catastrophic events. She is particularly interested in the subjects of emigration, propaganda and political.

I have a Masters Degree in Screenwriting and am currently researching the juntion between social philosophy and storytelling, focusing on the works of classical Greek philosophers and how they have been interpreted.

Nkosikhona Ngcobo - (Ireland/South Africa)

Nkosikhona Ngcobo – (Ireland/South Africa) – I am Nkosikhona Ngcobo, a South African born designer, artist, photographer, writer, poetry, and social activist. I hail from rural village/emakhaya called Easterborn Farm (popular known as 42) in Newcastle. Growing up in my hometown of Newcastle where culture is abundant and the sense of community is strong, I developed and keen interest and was ultimately taken by social issues. These in turn have inspired my creative and artistic works. In 2017 Nkosikhona achieved my Master’s degree in Visual Communication from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and graduated for his second Master’s degree in Visual Arts with the University in South Africa (UNISA – Pretoria Main Campus). Currently Nkosikhona is studying my PHD in Art Practice-led, pass my Research Proposal (RPM) and busy writing my Dissertation under the supervision of Prof Mpako. The title of my Dissertation is “Interpretation of social commentary through the dress codes used in artistic expression”. Nkosikhona is also a published writer. In his biography titled: Son of the Soil he highlights and address some of the pressing issues that his peers face, while they try to carve a career in the uncertain cultural and creative industries. His second book, published in 2011, is titled: Unaccomplished: The journey of a social activist. In 2008 he represented the country at the 8th International Biennial of African Contemporary Art (Dak’Art 2008) held in Dakar, Senegal from 9 May to 9 June 2008, which featured 36 talented artists from different parts of Africa and Diaspora. Nkosikhona received awards for my video works. I won two other arts awards. In 2019 Nkosikhona was selected as one of the international artists to participate in an international Anthology book project where three of his poems were featured in anthology book. Nkosikhona was mentored by Ireland Poetry writer Elaine Feeney.

Csilla Toldy (Hungarian / N/ Ireland)

Csilla Toldy (Hungarian / N/ Ireland) – Csilla Toldy’s poetry, short fiction and essays appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthol-ogies. Her poetry collection Red Roots – Orange Sky was published by Lapwing Publications Bel-fast in 2013, followed by an anthology of short fiction, poetry and memoir with the title “The Emi-grant Woman’s Tale” in 2015 and “Vertical Montage” in 2018, which was launched at Dublin Liter-ary Festival. Csilla’s short story collection “Angel Fur and other stories” was published by Stupor Mundi Press, Fife and reviewed in Irish Times.
Csilla has an MA in creative writing for film and TV from Sheffield University. Her scripts won in-ternational prizes such as the Hartley-Merrie and Katapult Prize.
Csilla’s video poems were screened at the Videoholica Video Art Festival in Varna, the Mix2 Con-ference of Digital Writing at Bath University, and at the Lighthouse Art Centre in Poole, UK, during culture nights in Dublin and at Belfast Film Festival. “Bussokusekika”was selected for the ZEBRA International Poetry Film Festival in Munster. The video poem “Belfast Exposed”, she created for New Voices Ireland 7 won Best Street Art Film in Berlin. In 2020 Csilla was commissioned to cre-ate a video poem as a public artwork by the Executive Office of Northern Ireland for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Viviana Fiorentino (Italian / N. Ireland)

Viviana Fiorentino (Italian / N. Ireland) – Viviana Fiorentino is Italian and lives in Belfast where she teaches Italian literature. An award-winning poet in Italy, her poems, short stories and translations have appeared in international literature magazines (as Nazione Indiana, FourXFour NI, Poethead, The Blue Nib, Paris Lit Up, Mantis – journal of the Stanford University). In 2019, her poems appeared in the anthology ‘Writing Home’ (Dedalus Press); in 2021, in the anthology ‘Days of Clear Light – A Festschrift in Honour of Jessie Lendennie & in Celebration of Salmon Poetry at 40’ (Salmon Poetry). In Italy, she published a poetry collection (Controluna Press), in anthology (Arcipelago Itaca Edizioni) and a novel (Transeuropa Publishing House). She co-founded two activist poetry initiatives (Sky, You Are Too Big and Letters With Wings) and Le Ortique (forgotten women artists blog).
Since January 2020, she has led creative writing workshops for cultural minorities (Peace IV Project and Quotidian Word of the Street Limited). She has been involved in many different festivals, poetry readings and projects (i.e. Hillsborough Festival of Literature and Ideas 2019, festivals in the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, LabeLLit 2018-19, Bray Lit Festival, International Literature Festival Berlin). She is a recipient of a SIAP grant (2019 and 2020) from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a collection of poems.

CFCP NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES 8
For Migrant Artists, Migrant Arts and Culturally Diverse Arts Communities

1. FORMAT OF THE PROJECT

Between 10 and 20 artists will be selected to collaborate (online or physically) in tandems and prepare two 15 – 30 min YouTube live or Zoom interviews/conversations about each other’s work. (15 – 30 min per artist)

Participating artists will be asked to share their stories, discuss their artistic concepts, methods, techniques or topics, their plans for the future, ideas, inspirations, challenges, comment on each other work, ask questions. If possible, a visit to each other studios would be welcome, but it is not a requirement.

Each conversation will be streamed live as well as recorded and made available on www.cfcp.ie.

Each selected artists will receive a fee of €500.00 for their participation in the project.

2. PROJECT TIMELINE

 

 11 October 2020

 

Expression of interest deadline

 

Week of 19 October 2020

 

Selection results published

 

Artists invited to take part in the programme

 

20 – 24 October

 

Accepting of the offer,
signing the contracts

 

Selected artists will be required to officially accept the offer and sign a basic contract clarifying the T&C of the appointment.

 

Monday 26 October 4pm – 6pm

 

Zoom workshop for invited artists

 

In this Zoom session, CFCP staff will connect with the participating artists to discuss the format and the details of the interviews.

 

Thursday 4 February 2021 6.45pm – 8.30pm 

 

Start of the weekly live Zoom interviews (Tue and Thu, 7.30 pm)

 

30 min long conversations premiered on YouTube commence where one artist is interviewing, presenting and contextualising the work of their tandem partner.

 

Monday 12 April 2021 4 pm – 6 pm

 

Wrap up Zoom event for all participants

 

Final Zoom meeting with participating artists to feedback on the Series and wrap up the event.

 

3. EXPRESSION OF INTERESTS & DEADLINE

EXPRESSION OF INTERESTS DEADLINE – 11 OCTOBER 2020

Expression of interest via email to monika@cfcp.ie, Subject: New Voices of Ireland Series 8.

Please apply with a short artist biog and a statement (one page) outlining what would you like to share about your work, practice (artforms, topics), life and your views and how you would contribute to presenting your counterpart artists. Other supporting materials are welcome (max 3 pages).

4. BACKGROUND TO THE NEW VOICES OF IRELAND SERIES

The New Voices of Ireland Series is a flagship project of integrative, cultural practice between migrant and local artists as well as audiences curated and presented by the Centre for Creative Practices.

The New Voices of Ireland Series aims to:

  • Connect creative talent from new communities and various social groups from all over Ireland
  • Give migrant and culturally diverse artists an opportunity to share their work and talent with a wide local and international audience
  • Engage artists to express their views on social challenges and the role of culture in modern society through artistic practice
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The New Voices of Ireland Series is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Queries: If you have any questions, please contact monika@cfcp.ie or call 086-6084020         

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I am a French filmmaker and I worked with the Center for Creative Practices through the “New Voices” programs, featuring the work of international artists based in Dublin. The CFCP is a great place where you can discover, in a very intimate atmosphere, great artists and great stories. My overall experience with the staff and the program was very nice, I totally support the CFCP.

Wissame Cherfi

Filmmaker, New Voices of Ireland - April 2014

As an emerging artist the new voices series provided me the opportunity to showcase my first solo show and supported me just at the transition from student to practicing artist. The staff at the Centre for Creative Practices were fantastic, so helpful, welcoming and enthusiastic, always on the go setting up the next show, (be it visual or musical) yet despite their dedication to work and tight schedule the staff treat anyone who walk through the door as a good friend and take the time to welcome them wholeheartedly. Having such a mix of audience, like the one at CCP is a really uplifting experience.

Pamela Byrne

Artist, New Voices of Ireland - May 2014

The New Voices of Ireland Series by year.

Click on a link below to access a catalogue.

“Migration – From Burdens to Opportunities”

“Divisions in our Cities – How Can Culture Help To Overcome These Divisions?”

“Beyond The Obvious, Beyond The Familiar – From Producing Things To Nurturing The Social Capital”

“Hybridisation and Blending of Social Identities”

“Migrant Artists On Ireland”

CULTURAL  MEMORY – TRANSITION, TEMPORALITY, TRANSCULTURES