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Jac Leirner – Institutional Ghost

Where: Irish Museum of Modern Art

When: 14th February – 5th June 2017

Considered one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists, this solo exhibition from Jac Leirner comprises of exciting recent and new work made in response to the architecture of IMMA. Leirner works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, installation and works on paper.

Since the mid-1980s, Leirner has collected the temporary and incidental products of everyday life, tapping into what she has described as the infinity of materials. Stickers, rulers, plastic bags, business cards, cigarette ends and even bank notes make their appearance in her work, removed but not entirely dislocated from their original function.  Jac Leirner was born in São Paulo, 1961, where she lives and works. She graduated in visual arts from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado. In 1983 and 1989, Leirner participated in the Bienal de São Paulo and in the Aperto at the 44th Venice Biennale. In 1991, she had a residency and exhibition at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. She represented Brazil at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997). Further solo exhibitions include Centre d’Art de Saint Nazaire, France and the Estação Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

Working across the mediums of sculpture, photography, painting, installation and works on paper, Leirner’s art tends to revolve around her everyday surroundings and items that she encounters whilst going about her daily life, she has an ability to incorporate items that appear to be meaningless objects – cigarette ends, stickers, and plastic bags – into her work and give them life…

Click here to view the event on the IMMA website