‘Surface Tension’ charts my experience in the city of Paris within the contemporary political and environmental context of 2019. A year of Brexit, the Gilet Jaunes protests, the refugee crisis, climate crisis made mainifest in the rainforest fires, set against the historic confidence of Mitterrand’s ‘Grands Projets’ and the European Project. It documents a sea change in political normalcy and a new fragility of societal institutions and ideologies that once appeared certain. A documentation of an outsiders perspective of a foreign city, it charts the subjective tension of mis-understanding and the limits of representation.

A recognition of depth within a collection of surfaces.

This project was made with the support of:

The Arts Council of Ireland

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Institut Français

Cité International des Arts Paris

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