Orla Barry

Advising researcher Fine Art

01.01.04 – 31.12.09

orla@fireflyfilms.be

 

Orla Barry is an artist who centres her practice on language, written and spoken. Her work is strongly poetic and lyrical. Barry was born in Ireland, and the rhythm of her phraseology, the pictorial and narrative vernacular on which she draws, somehow evokes her homeland’s topography, climate and literary heritage.
Much of Orla Barry’s photographic, video, performance, text and sound installation work searches for the place where myth, memory and a robust and sensual physical reality intersect. She re-places herself where she’s been removed. She inserts her distinctive blatter of words into everyday talk.
By using several forms of address, including the first person voice-over and text recited by someone else, Barry invents fiction of multiple ‘I’s, which enrich our under-standing of the unfixed, multiple nature of identity. Barry’s use of female personae makes her feminism subtle, witty and pleasantly underhand.

 

1969

Wexford, IE.

 

Studies

1991 – 1993

De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL.

1988 –1991

University of Ulster, Belfast, GB.

1987 - 1988

National College of Art and Design, Dublin, IE.


Editorials

2008

Bienvenue. In: The stone road. (On track. Off track. Memorising the mid-world. Walking the fifth space. With Wim Cuyvers, Els Dietvorst, Nikolaus Gansterer & Johanna Kirsch. Newspaper. Brussels, BE: Argos; Maastricht, NL: Jan van Eyck Academie; Vienna, AT: Kunsthalle Exnergasse.

 

Curated events

2003

Entre Deux. (1 September – 17 December). Maastricht, NL: Jan van Eyck Academie.

 

Books/catalogues

2005

Portable stones. (Exh. Cat.).

2002

Foundlings. Louvain, BE: Exhibitions International.

2000

No shooting. With Els Dietvorst. Hasselt, BE: Provinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten-Begijnhof.

1998

Bitter peacock. Ghent, BE: Imschoot.

 

Articles

2008

From found landscape to film set. In: Bienvenue.

AUTOTEXXXXXT. In: Bienvenue.

Letters from the other side of the road. In: Bienvenue.

2005

From the gardener’s diary. In: Wildlife, ein Garten von. für Künstler.

2004

Among soldiers. In: ED, Firefly.

2003

The sea, a huge megaphone. With Cherry Smyth. In: Janus, 2003(15).

2002

The dark (bed)room. On Dirk Braeckman. In: A-prior, 7.

2001

The black aura. On Rui Chafes. In: Kunst nu, February/March.

The view from the top of a mountain. On J. Tuerlinckx. In: Kunst nu, May/June.

 

Reviews

2006

Rachel Withers. Orla Barry. Camden Arts Centre. In: Artforum, April, pp. 263-264.

Ann Demeester. Report of an ongoing journey. In: W139 - Amsterdam, Report of an ongoing journey, p. 210. Amsterdam, NL: Roma, Amsterdam, NL: W139.

2005

Katy Deepwell. Dialogues: Women artists from Ireland. IB Tauris, pp. 9-19.

Bruce Haines. Orla Barry, Portable stones. In: Kunst nu, February 2005, pp. 20-25.

Caroline Henderickx. Het universum van Orla Barry. In: Elle België, February, pp. 42-46.

Nina Broucke. (9 April). Wij maken kunst uit noodzaak, niet om te verkopen. In: De Morgen, pp. 4-10.

Pierre-Yves Desaive. (14 March). Portable stones, Orla Barry au S.M.A.K. In: l’Art Meme, p. 35.

2004

Eva Wittocx. Aperto Brussels. In: Flash Art, 235.

Jean-Michel Botquin (Ed.). L’Art Belge et l’après-Documenta IX, pp. 45-48. Ghent, BE: Ludion.

Eva Wittocx. Woorden als toverspreuken. In: KM - Kunstenaarsmaterialen, Spring.

2003

Jan Braet. Orla Barry: Glameuse de voix. In: Dits, 1(2), pp. 64-71.

2002

Eva Wittocx. Knikkeren met woorden / Playing marbles with words. In: A-prior, 7, Spring-Summer.

Christine Vuegen. (Untitled). In: Kunstbeeld, February.

Aidan Dunne. (26 July). Found in the Wexford landscape. In: The Irish Times.

Christine Vuegen. (30 January). De hypnotische kracht van kunst. In: De huisarts, 585, p. 12.

Jan Florizoone. (24 January). Het meisje met het rode badpak. In: De Standaard.

Els Roelandt. (23 January). Kunst zonder ondertitel. In: Financieel Economische Tijd - Tijd Cultuur.

Dominique Legrand. (20 January). Entre noire solitude et verte Irlande. In: Le Soir.

1999

Iwona Blazwick. More cream. London, GB: Phaidon Press.

Cherry Smyth. Glen Dimplex award shortlist. In: Art monthly, 228, pp. 46-47.

Aidan Dunne. (14 July). (Untitled). In: Irish Times.

Dorothy Walker. (4 July). (Untitled). In: Sunday Times.

Marianne Hartigan. (20 June). (Untitled). In: Sunday Tribune.

Eric Bracke. (30 April). Voer voor het oog. In: De Morgen.

Edith Doove. (18 April). Dochter van de voddenraper. In: De Standaard.

Els Roelandt. (14 April). After the theatre. In: Financieel Economische Tijd - Tijd Cultuur.

1998

Edith Doove. Manifesta 2. In: Art/Text, 63, pp. 95-96.

Annie Fletcher. Manifesta 2. In: Circa, Autumn.

Robert Catsour. Enough. In: Art press, June.

Filip Luyckx. Orla Barry. In: Sint-Lukasgalerij Brussel, January.

1997

Pierre-Olivier Rollin. Para-site. In: Art et culture, 11, p. 29.

1996

Luk Lambrecht. Oh. In: Flash Art, March-April.

1994

Eric Bracke. (4 July). De grote kleine verwondering van Orla Barry. In: De Morgen.

Jan Braet. (2 June). Moments in blue. In: Knack.

 

Lecture Series

2007

Curating the library. (26 April). With Tara Casey, Miles Champion, Wim Cuyvers, Els Dietvorst, Will Holder, Suchan Kinoshita & Willem Oorebeek. Antwerp, BE: DeSingel.

 

Solo exhibitions

2008

The stone road. (On track. Off track. Memorising the mid-world. Walking the fifth space). (15 November – 13 December). Vienna, AT: Kunsthalle Exnergasse. (Exh. Cat.).

2006

Portable stones and other works. (7 March – 11 June). Dublin, IE: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). (Exh. Cat).

2005

Mixing with the sound of a fountain.... (10 September – 9 October). Amsterdam, NL: W139.

Projectrooms. Madrid, ES: Art Contemporaneo (ARCO).

Portable stones. (25 November 2005 – 29 January 2006). London, GB: Camden Arts Centre. (Exh. Cat).

Portable stones. (5 February – 24 April). Ghent, BE: Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.). (Exh. Cat.).

2004

Year X. (29 January – 18 April). Liège, BE: Galerie Nadja Vilenne.

2002

Foundlings. Brussels, BE: Argos.

Foundlings. Dublin, IE: Temple Bar Gallery.

2001

Unsaid. With Rui Chafes. Porto, PT: Galeria Canvas. (Exh. Cat.).

2000

Across an open space. London, GB: Camden Arts Centre. (Exh. Cat.).

1999

A tear for a glass of water. London, GB: Camden Arts Centre.

The scavenger’s daughter. Frauenfeld, CH: Shed im Eisenwerk.

The scavenger’s daughter. With Els Dietvorst. Antwerp, BE: HAL Antwerpen.

A barmaid’s notebook 1991-99. London, GB: Gasworks Gallery.

1998

Aux mêmes moments. Montpellier, FR: Galerie Vasistas.

1997

Undercurrents. Antwerp, BE: Galerie Micheline Szwajcer.

1996

(Untitled). Brussels, BE: Boxx.

(Untitled). Milan, IT: Paulo Vitolo Gallery.

1995

A barmaid’s notebook 1991-95. Brussels, BE: Stichting Kunstbevordering.

 

Group exhibitions

2008

L’amiral cherche une maison à louer. With Olivier Foulon, Eleni Kamma & Eran Schaerf. (20 June – 17 August). Liège, BE: Galerie Nadja Vilenne.

Trésors anciens et nouveaux de Wallonie. Ce curieux pays curieux. (14 February – 18 May). Brussels, BE: Palais des Beaux-Arts/ Paleis voor Schone Kunsten.

2007

Aimez vous les cocktails vip? With Olivier Foulon, Suchan Kinoshita, Aglaia Konrad & Eran Schaerf. (30 March – 3 June). Liège, BE: Galerie Nadja Vilenne.

2006

Making sense in the city. (17 – 20 December). With Aglaia Konrad. Organised by Centre for Intercultural Communication and Interaction (CICI). Ghent, BE: Ghent University.

Being in Brussels. (25 November 2006 – 20 January 2007). Brussels, BE: Argos. (Exh. Cat.).

Gorge(l). Beklemming en verademing in de kunst. (7 October 2006 – 7 January 2007). Antwerp, BE: Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. (Exh. Cat).

Outdoors. (6 May – 11 June). London, GB: Danielle Arnaud.

2005

Landscapes. Porto, PT: Gallery Brando-Graca.

Sense and sensibility. Sao Paulo, BR. (Exh. Cat.).

Chemins. (25 August – 25 September). Liège, BE: Galerie Nadja Vilenne.

Brussels South Airport. (20 May – 30 June). Vienna, AT: Galerie Krinzinger. (Exh. Cat.).

2004

Amicalement vôtre. In: Lille 2004. (6 March – 24 May). Tourcoing, FR: Musée des Beaux-Arts. (Exh. Cat).

2003

Decennium. (20 December 2003 – 29 February 2004). Antwerp, BE: MuHKA.

Sense & nonsense. (12 September – 26 October). London, GB: Danielle Arnaud.

Contour. (15 August – 12 September). Mechelen, BE.

Exhumed. (11 July – 31 August). London, GB: Danielle Arnaud, London, GB: Museum of Garden History. (Exh. Cat.).

Prix de la jeune peinture Belge/Prijs jonge Belgische schilderkunst. (25 June – 7 September). Brussels, BE: Palais des Beaux-Arts/ Paleis voor Schone Kunsten.

2002

Contemporary art from Portugal. Frankfurt, DE: European Central Bank. (Exh. Cat.).

Attachment+. Brugge, BE: European Cultural Capital 2002. (Exh. Cat.).

SPRING. Liège, BE: Galerie Nadja Vilenne.

Irish festival. Aalst, BE.

2001

Biënnale van Leuven. Louvain, BE. (Exh. Cat.).

Wir sind die Ander(en). Herford, DE. (Exh. Cat.).

Yellow. Geel, BE. (Exh. Cat.).

2000

Some parts of this world. Helsinki, FI. (Exh. Cat.).

Storm centers. Watou, BE.

1999

Glen Dimplex artist’s award. Dublin, IE: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). (Exh. Cat.).

Small stuff. Beersel, BE: Herman Teirlinckhuis. (Exh. Cat.).

Small stuff. New York, US: Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery.

1998

Manifesta 2. Luxembourg, LU. (Exh. Cat.).

Enough. London, GB: The Tannery.

1997

Para-site. Brussels, BE: Golden Fleece Galleries. (Exh. Cat.).

Beeld in park. Brussels, BE: Felix Hap Park. (Exh. Cat.).

Openstelling. Hasselt, BE: Provinciaal Centrum voor Beeldende Kunsten-Begijnhof.

Enough. Rotterdam, NL: Duende studios.

Travels with magpie. Eindhoven, NL: De Fabriek.

States and rituals of self. Milan, IT: Paulo Vitolo Gallery.

1996

Jocaste en arcadie. Montélimar, FR: Château des Adhémar.

1995

(Untitled). Brussels, BE: Etalage. (Exh. Cat.).

Orla Barry, Delphine Bledel, Sylvie Eyberg. Delme, FR: Centre d'art contemporain la Synagogue de Delme.

Venus envy. Chicago, US: Artemisia Gallery.

Reserve. Brussels, BE: Stichting Kunstbevordering.

1994

Prospectus. Brussels, BE. (Exh. Cat.).

Papier, beeld en basis. Papier als environment. Aalst, BE: Oud-Schepenhuis. (Exh. Cat.).

1991

Prospectus. Brussels, BE. (Exh. Cat.).

 

Films

2006 – 2007

The Bastardstown blogger. (14 min., b/w video).

2005

Portable stones. (65 min., colour, video). Brussels, BE: Argos.

2003

Wideawake. (25 min., colour, video). Brussels, BE: Argos.

2001

Act one. (2 min. loop, colour, video).

Foundlings. (45 min., colour, video). Brussels, BE: Argos.

1999

A tear for a glass of water. (24 min., colour, video). Brussels, BE: Argos.

 

Video festivals

2008

LOOP. Barcelona, ES.

54th International short film festival Oberhausen. Oberhausen, DE.

2007

Videonale. Bonn, DE: Kunstmuseum Bonn.

Festival des cinémas differents. Saint Quen, FR.

2006

51st Cork film festival. (8 – 15 October). Cork, IE.

Festival international des films des femmes de Créteil. (10 – 19 March). Video festival. Créteil, FR.

2005

Argos festival. Brussels, BE.

2003

Argos festival. Brussels, BE.

Kunstfilmbiennale. Cologne, DE.

Rotterdam film festival. Rotterdam, NL.

 

Performances (written and directed)

2008

The scavenger’s daughters. (13 December). In: UBS openings: Saturday live. London, GB: Tate Modern.

The scavenger’s daughters. (2 November). In: Playground festival. Louvain, BE: Stuk.

The scavenger’s daughters. (24 October). In: Playground festival. Louvain, BE: Stuk.

2007

Curating the library. (26 April). With Tara Casey, Miles Champion, Wim Cuyvers, Els Dietvorst, Will Holder, Suchan Kinoshita & Willem Oorebeek. Antwerp, BE: DeSingel.

2006

Wideawake. (7 March). Dublin, IE: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

2004

Wideawake. In: Five years S.M.A.K. Performed by Caroline Donnelly. Ghent, BE: Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.).

2002

The dark bedroom. Performed by Pat Hourigan. Brussels, BE: Matrix Art Center.

Wideawake. Brussels, BE: Argos, Dublin, IE: Temple Bar Gallery.

 

Sound works

2006

Five rings. (5.16 min.).

2003

Mulberry, roses and rosemary. (2.12 min.).

2001

Home klimop. (28.04 min.).

Unsaid. (10.28 min.).

2000

Listen to this. (15.39 min.).

1997

Burrowing. (18.00 min.).

1996

Bitter peacock. (22.40 min.).