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Humanity at the start of the 21st century has a deep need to imagine a world where all people enjoy safety, security, well-being, and dignity on their own terms. Monuments are a particular type of public art that plays an important role in the psyche of a community. A stitch that binds geography to history, monuments express community values.
Empty Columns Are a Place to Dream features the collages of eighteen artists from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Poland, South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom. These works were displayed along the streets of Birr, County Offaly, Ireland as part of Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival, 13-20 August 2021. Curator Ric Kasini Kadour, working with collagist and Festival art director Caroline Conway, solicited work that reimagined the empty column in the center of Birr, which, from 1747 to 1915, commemorated the Duke of Cumberland's 1745 victory over the Scots at Culloden.
Inas Al-soqi (USA)
Simon Blake (USA)
Kevin Geronimo Brandtner (Austria)
Danielle Cole (Canada)
Caroline F. Conway (Ireland)
David Crunelle (Belgium)
Lynne Hoare (Ireland)
Marta Janik (Poland)
Ric Kasini Kadour (Canada/USA)
Anthony D Kelly (Ireland)
Christopher Kurts (USA)
Duduetsang Lamola (South Africa)
Rashad Muhammad (USA)
Mark Murphy (United Kingdom)
Ashley Pryor (USA)
Elyana Shamselangeroodi (Iran)
Avi Yair (Israel)
Denise Zygadlo (United Kingdom)
Text by Ric Kasini Kadour and Caroline F. Conway
Layout by Ric Kasini Kadour
Details: 2021 | ISBN 978-1-927587-55-3