Tania Candiani

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Limerick Culture and Arts Office will host Tania Candiani as she researches the industrial heritage and traditional crafts of the coastal town of Glin for the River Residencies curated by Ormston House.

Tania Candiani is an artist from Mexico City. She has developed her work in various media and practices which intersect complex language systems – phonic, graphic, linguistic, symbolic and technological. She has worked with different associative narratives, starting with the proposal to invent from reordering, remixing, and playing with correspondences between technologies, knowledge and thought. She uses the idea of organisation and reorganisation of discourse as a structure for creative and critical thinking, and as material for actual production. The translation between diverse systems of representation is key in the materialisation of her work.

Tania has formed interdisciplinary working groups in various fields of knowledge and research, consolidating intersections between art, crafts, design, literature, sound, sustainability, architecture and science, for the production of installations, scores, sound devices, sculptures, performance and videos. Her projects involve craft, labour, tradition, synaesthesia, rhythm and translation. As a non-academic researcher, she uses historical records and archives as weaving materials. She has a special interest in projects developed for a specific site due to the precise social-historical bonds that these trigger and the possibility of co-creating with specific communities.

Tania has been a fellow at the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte in Mexico since 2012, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2011, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2018. She received an Honorary Mention for the CERN Collide Award in 2020 and will take part in the Guest Artists programme to engage with CERN’s research community. The artist represented Mexico at the 56th Venice Biennale and her work has been exhibited widely around the globe.

The River Residencies are co-funded by the Arts Council’s An Invitation to Collaboration scheme, led by Limerick Culture & Arts Office in partnership with the Arts Offices in Cavan, Clare and Tipperary. The River Residencies are part of the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017-), a multi-year project about, along and on the River Shannon curated by Ormston House.

Image: Monumentos Efímeros by Tania Candiani. Artista x Artista, Cuba, 2019.

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