Visual artist Ursula Burke works in porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing. Much of her practice deals with issues of representation and identity, exploring abuses of power in both social and political spheres. Having worked for many years in Belfast, Ursula often takes a Northern Irish context as a critical point of departure to approach international concerns. Formally, her work appropriates tropes that are deeply invested in the Classical tradition and re-inserts them in the contemporary, creating a conceptual bridge between a Classical 'ideal' and the 'reality' of contemporary post-conflict Northern Irish society.
At the beginning of the opening, at 6.30pm, Ursula Burke will offer a guided tour of her exhibition.
Our current artists in residence Ailbhe Barrett and Alan Butler will open their studio in the courtyard to the public during the exhibition opening and, at 8pm, Ryan Vail & Elma Orkestra will play an open-air concert.
This event is part of the annual Week of Foreign Cultures organised by FICEP (Forum of foreign institutes in Paris) of which the CCI is a member. The theme for 2019 is “Les créatrices”; for details of the full programme running from 20 to 29 September, check the FICEP website.