Jialin Long | Untitled
| 2020 | Archival pigment print on cotton rag paper
Culture night 2023 the Arts Council will once again proudly showcase a
selection of works recently added to its extensive Visual Art Collection.
To celebrate the
evening we are sharing some insight on each of the artist and artworks which
will be on display:
‘Red Illuminates explores the
concept of culture in socialist countries and how loyalty to the state is
cultivated. The catalyst for the project was found in a residential area of
Beijing where Special Criminal Syndicate Combat propaganda posters displayed,
on average, every 40 meters. These are presented alongside large format
portraits of so-called young pioneers emulating Mao Zedong’s portrait in
Tiananmen Square. A white orchid blooming under artificial grow lights, a still
from a video work, is listening to socialist propaganda from CCTV (China’s
official news channel) continuously for 30 days. A metaphor of the environment
for children who grow up in China, with this video, I asked the question,
“could this conditioning eventually turn a white orchid red?”’
Jialin Long is a
lens-based artist, who was born in Beijing, China and lives outside Dublin. She
graduated with a first-class honours degree in photography from the Institute
of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in 2020. Her project, Red Illuminates has
been exhibited and published with photography institutions throughout Ireland,
Europe, the UK, and Canada, and won multiple awards. Her latest work is a
project commissioned by The Creative Ireland/ Dublin City Council Arts Office
around the theme of diversity, which challenges stereotyped views of the
Chinese community in Dublin. Long is a recipient of the Visual Arts Bursary
Award 2021 and Agility Award 2022 from the Arts Council. Her photographs are in
the collections of the Arts Council Ireland and with private collectors.
The Arts Council Collection was established in 1962
and now comprises almost 1,350 works of modern and contemporary Irish art.
This year we are delighted to once again welcome
audiences to the Arts Council buildings on Merrion Square to engage with some
our most recent acquisitions.
Works by many of Ireland’s leading artists will be
shown on the night including pieces by: Elizabeth Cope, Miriam De Búrca, Mollie
Douthit, Justin Fitzpatrick, Marie Holohan, Helen Hughes, Catriona Leahy,
Jialin Long, Kevin Mooney, Doireann Ní Ghrioghair, Emma Roche, Mark
Swords, Amna Walayat and Orla Whelan.
As well as this glimpse into the Arts Council
Collection for Culture Night, artworks can be seen all year round throughout
the country as part of exhibitions and long term loans in public buildings such
as hospitals, universities and schools.
the Collection and more on our website here.