Opening Hours

Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art

Artists: Nevin Aladağ, Gerard Byrne, Chosil Kil, Clemens Krauss, Marko Mäetamm, Trish Morrissey, Isabel Nolan, Mark O’Kelly, Paulien Oltheten, Reto Pulfer, Audrey Reynolds, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Eulalia Valldosera, and Yang Fudong

curated by Chris Clarke and Matt Packer

All Galleries, 25 July - 3 November 2013


In recent times, the traditional nuclear family has expanded to incorporate a range of relationships. Including a vast and fluid network of in-laws, half-siblings, acquaintances and partners, the idea of the
‘family’ is also found across numerous disciplines, from scientific systems of classification to the genealogies of language and culture.

Modern Families explores these relationships through artworks by Irish and international artists. In addition to investigating the new dynamics that have arisen through the expansion of the family unit, the exhibition looks at art objects as a family in its own right, as ideas of typology, lineage, connectivity and genealogy are revealed in the way the artworks themselves affect and interact with each other.

A series of Perspectives talks accompanies this exhibition featuring Eulalia Valldosera and Isabel Nolan. It considers the question: How I became an artist.

Chris Clarke and Matt Packer will lead a free curatorial tour of the exhibition at 1pm on Friday 25 October.

Read the Irish Examiner review of the exhibition here.

Read the Sunday Times review of the exhibition here.

Download Modern Families press release here.
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The image above is Hayley Coles, June 17th, 2006, from the series Front, by Trish Morrissey, courtesy of Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK