Silver-Tongued Seas - VISUAL

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Silver-Tongued Seas

Silver-Tongued Seas is an exhibition at Jupiter Woods in London by Maïa Nunes and Pádraig Spillane. Running from 16 – 31 October 2021, it presents new work by Nunes commissioned by VISUAL Carlow as part of Iarlaith Ni Fheorais's Speech Sounds programme.

Liquid is delighted to announce ‘Silver-Tongued Seas’, an exhibition by Maïa Nunes and Pádraig Spillane at Jupiter Woods, London running from 16 – 31 October 2021.

Using the metaphor of bodies of water as a starting point, the exhibition explores bodily transformation, migration, global trade, borders and desire, creating a dialogue between the works of two international artists, both exhibited in London for the first time.

‘Silver-Tongued Seas’ reflects on the sea as a site where diasporas and bio-chemicals move across human and oceanic bodies, exploring the processes of trauma and healing that occur as a consequence of that movement. Through image, sound and immersive installation environments, both artists mine their personal histories and geographies to pinpoint sites of exchange and desire.

In ‘CROSSINGS’, a new sound installation co-commissioned by VISUAL Carlow, Maïa Nunes uses interviews with family, archive material and music to explore the myths surrounding the Bermuda triangle, looking at histories of slavery and migration in the Caribbean. This affective audio work sits alongside an installation of raw silk hand-dyed in indigo by the artist.

In ‘What Passes Between Us’, Pádraig Spillane presents a number of reimagined works centred around Cork Harbour, a major hub in the global pharmaceutical trade that manufactures products designed to manipulate the body, including Viagra. Using images printed on mesh and suspended from the ceiling, as well as an ethereal and industrial sound piece composed by Simon O’Connor with vocals by mezzo-soprano Michelle O’Rourke, these works locate the harbour as a site of embodied malleability.

‘Silver-Tongued Seas’ has been awarded funding by Culture Ireland, and is supported by VISUAL Carlow as part of the Speech Sounds programme, curated by Iarlaith Ni Fheorais.

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