18th
February
2021

 

CFCP
NEW VOICES
OF IRELAND
SERIES 8

Against The Odds 2:
Open Studios

Mirjana Rendulic

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“A death of a Star” is a personal piece reflecting grief of losing a father. Written and performed by Mirjana Rendulic and filmed by Mark McNally.

Chinedum Muotto

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Themes of patriarchy, religion, sacrifice, archetypes and memories are manifested in this piece weaving between childhood and adulthood to trace the effects of ‘fathering’ then and now. 

Programme

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom, live on Facebook

The trailer for Mirjana Rendulic’s piece “A Death of a Star”

The trailer for Chinedum Muotto’s piece Fatherhood Chptr X

Intro

7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom, live on Facebook

Mirjana and Chinedum through their partnership explored their respective notions and relations of being fathered as well as the love, loss, empathy and tragedy amongst other feelings associated with fatherhood. Within this piece themes of patriarchy, religion, sacrifice, archetypes and memories are manifested as artists move beyond art to humanise their experiences weaving between childhood and adulthood to trace the effects of ‘fathering’ then and now. A mixture of poetry and prose from both artists reflect their explorations.

The Work

The Artists

Mirjana Rendulic

Mirjana Rendulic is a writer, drama facilitator and a performance artist. She holds a Diploma in Speech and Drama, Fetac Diploma in Theatre Studies, Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts, Gold Medal in Acting from London Academy of Dramatic Arts, Diploma in Drama Facilitation and Honours Bachelor Degree in Drama from University of Wolverhampton. She has completed and led various other courses in theatre and film.

Stage appearances include Tea in her one-woman show ‘Broken Promise Land’(RTE and New York Radio Festivals silver medal winner, Abbey Theatre). The play toured extensively around Ireland and in London. Other acting roles include: Kalena in “Anything but Love” with Joan Sheehy Productions at Belltable Arts Centre. Site -specific work includes a one woman show “Sylvia’s Quest” which she co-devised with Wonderland Productions and a lead role in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure as part of Dublin Shakespeare Festival. Mirjana has acted in various RTE radio productions, the latest being ‘Ma’ by Elaine Murphy. Mirjana featured in RTE television drama series “Amber” as well as in a lead role in a feature film ‘The Last Show’ by RML Films ( Amazon), a short film ‘Empty’ by Fastnet Films and a lead in a feature film ‘Ecstasy of Isobel Mann’ by October Eleven Pictures. She has also appeared in ‘Transgender EU’ a video by Invisible Thread Films and a music video by Rosin O. Most recently can be seen in ‘Metal Heart’ a feature film by Hugh O’Connor.

Mirjana was an artist in residence with Laois County Council where she run summer drama schools and directed five youth theatre shows with Portlaoise Youth Theatre and Mountrath Youth Theatre in 2017 and 2018.  Mirjana also devised a ‘Document’ with the Abbey Theatre Outreach Department and Migrants Rights Centre; She also worked for Gaiety School of Acting, Complex Youth Theatre, Brookfield Youth Club in Tallaght, Dublin City University, Artane Day Care Centre and many other community projects.

Mirjana has been endorsed by BBC’s Writers room as ‘real talent’ in 2018 and is in pre-production of her new plays and screenplays. Her latest live venture was a performance art piece ‘Who am I’ at Culture Night, Dublin 2019 as well as writing and directing two of her short plays at the University of Wolverhampton. She has recently received The Axis Award for Innovative New Work. Artist Statement: I am a performance artist. For me, this means I make creative things about life whether through writing, speaking or making images using an ensemble or a video. I have been living abroad half of my life and the other half in Croatia and now I am the inbetweener who grew up twice, but I am very much an Irish artist. Right now I am re imaging my craft, from words to performance, from a notebook to a digital, from nature to socially connected, from mother land to Ireland, using skills I gained along the way to create. This time the project is special because it is about fathers and I decided on the idea because fathers are special and I am happy I had one.

Chinedum Muotto

Chinedum Muotto – Son of Ngozi Akamelu – Truly, I am my mother’s son.

Conjures magic through various creative means as (He/She/We) takes us on journeys concertedly to places known & unknown. (He/She/We) invites the utilization primarily of voice and body as means through which we as people can re-establish ourselves and respective communities beyond space & time. (He/She/We) is a Writer, Poet, Educator and Performer, whose works have been featured internationally.

(He/She/We) seeks to work with communities globally by using the arts to disrupt the daily narratives around social injustices.

In 2021 we were selected for MAKE an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. Whilst 2020 saw publications of our poems in a special edition of the Belfield Literary Review and the Edinburgh University press.In 2019 (He/She/We) have been privileged to showcase our body of works at the Royal Irish Academy as part of The IASIL 2019 panel questioning diversity within the Irish Literary arts, (He/She/We) also secured the Create and Carlow Arts Festival Artist Residency and curated poetry that was featured as part of Black History Month at Facebook Dublin. Previous works have seen (Him/Her/We) work with communities in USA, Germany, Netherland & Ireland, primarily targeting youths, creating spaces to reflect, learn and be otherwise. Towards the end of 2019 (He/She/We) were commissioned by Facebook Dublin and The Embassy of Ireland (London) respectively to engage with their community of choice and produce creative pieces from those interactions. Chinedum Muotto – Son of Ngozi Akamelu – Truly, I am my mother’s son.

CFCP
New Voices
of Ireland
Series 8

Against The Odds 2:
Open Studios

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Intro

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 – Against the Odds 2: Open Studios is on visibility and dialogue.

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

Through the series we want to provide a platform for both physical and conceptual communication between migrant and local artists, their communities and their artworks.

The New Voices of Ireland Series have been developed and run by the Centre for Creative Practices since 2013. 

The New Voices of Ireland Series is curated by Monika Sapielak, an independent curator and Artistic Director of the Centre for Creative Practices.

The New Voices of Ireland Series is funded and kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The
Programme

11th February
to 1st April 2021

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

Despite the lockdown and the adverse conditions in 2020, we wanted to continue our work on the New Voice of Ireland Series and give migrant and culturally diverse artists who all severely suffered due to the lockdowns and loss of jobs and income, an opportunity to work artistically and collaborate while isolating. Moving the programme online was the way to go. Working online also allowed us to select more artists than usual.

25th
February
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Viviana Fiorentino

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‘Neither here, nor there’- a dialogue between two poets interspersed with reading in Italian, Hungarian and English. Reflection on home and belonging.

Csilla Toldy

Csilla Toldy photo @ Alistair Livingstone Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

In my video poems, just as in poetry, I am interested in layers of meaning. A new entity comes about from the interconnected footage, sound and rhythm.

4th
March
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Nasrin Golden

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A short animation inspired by Iordanis's composition “As the Leaves Fall” by which I was deeply moved. The music directed my imagination creating feelings of hope and happiness.

Iordanis Sidiropoulos

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I composed a new piece of music based on one of Nasrin´s paintings called Shahmaran which is the name of an ancient Persian Goddess.

11th
March
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Diviane Helena

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Six videos, inspired by virtual meetings between two female artists and their exchange and studies about ancestry, femininity and traditional sacred rituals from Ireland and Brazil.

Barbara O'Meara

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Mobile phone videos & art installations. Filmed in synchronicity with Diviane in our different places of residence to communicate a sense of interconnectedness despite Covid-19.

18th
March
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Irina Maldea

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An interpretation of the iconic and hallowed Irish landscapes that includes/imposes the immigrant stories and their inner journey.

Nkosikhona Ngcobo

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Migration leads to the new identity, “becoming”. “I AM” is the title of my video where “I” becomes “Identity”, “A’ becomes “Art” and “M” becomes “Migration”.

25th
March
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Samantha Brown

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Listening to Gboyega’s music inspired me to walk to the local river leading me to thoughts of the many people that had travelled by sea as migrants, travellers or explorers.

Gboyega Akerele

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I titled this soundtrack ASHE (AMEN) - good wishes for our journey in life. The world needs a lot of courage in this extraordinary times and I hope my tune will inject some sunshine.

1st
April
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Tag Beckett

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"WHY I MAKE" is a celebration of the power of art.
art can guide revolutions
art can be used as medication (…)
we are from different countries with different beliefs and cultures, but we can communicate through art

Roxana Manouchehri

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The visual conversation between the two artists from different backgrounds makes this conversation unique and challenging. The viewer get involved with images, texts and music in a fun and artistic way.

Press 
& Media

Feedback
Coverage
Engagement

Irish Times

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“The western world has to realise that there is much more to contemporary art than the Europocentric and America-centric approach, and that the rest of the world also ‘produces’ mature artistic voices and styles that are unique and actual.” Monika Sapielak, CEO of CFCP in the Irish Times on 10 February 2021

Arts Council of Ireland

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The CFCP New Voices of Ireland Series 8 was offically opened by Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland. Maureen said about CFCP that:

"You (CFCP) are shortening the journey for Migrant artists to gain visibility in Ireland"
Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland

Wicklow People & Bray People

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“We wanted to provide migrants and culturally diverse artists in Ireland with an opportunity to collaborate and exhibit.” Monika Sapielak, CEO of CFCP in the Wicklow People on 17 February 2021

BAM Magazine

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“In my video poems, just as in poetry, I am interested in layers of meaning. A new entity comes about from the interconnected footage, sound and rhythm.” Csillly Toldy in BAM Magazine

CFCP
New Voices
of Ireland
Series 8

 

Archive

Catch up with the past events

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11th
February
2021

6.45pm - Vernissage
7.30pm - YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm - Q&A with the artists on zoom, live on Facebook

Leia Mocan

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Umbilical Cord, video, 14 min; An eulogy of transformation marking the continuous migration of self, interleaved with witness testimonials, historical and found imagery.

Zahra Khan

Zarah headshot Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

Through prose and images, I am reflecting on my relationship with my mother and her country, my body parts, and the witch in Pakistani mythology.

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa

Imogen headshot Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

A trailer for my short film " Bed Of Leaves" in which I seek to draw attention to the ever rising death toll of trans women of colour worldwide.

18th
February
2021

7.00pm – Introduction on Zoom
7.30pm – YouTube Premier live streaming
8.00pm – Q&A with the artists on zoom

Mirjana Rendulic

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"A death of a Star" is a personal piece reflecting grief of losing a father. Written and performed by Mirjana Rendulic and filmed by Mark McNally.

Chinedum Muotto

fatherhood Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity

Themes of patriarchy, religion, sacrifice, archetypes and memories are manifested in this piece weaving between childhood and adulthood to trace the effects of ‘fathering’ then and now. 

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         

Alpha Eosin Red Ink on Vinyl Co polymer 2.2 x 2.2 cm 2015 M Geddis Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity
Alpha Graphite Ink on Vinyl Co polymer 2.2 x 2.2 cm 2015 M Geddis Migrant Artists & Cultural Diversity
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