This Must Be The Place
Guest Curated Sara Morrison;  featuring artists: Jamie Buckley; Justyna Gruszczyk; Barbara Knezevic; and Gavin Murphy.



In This Must Be The Place four artists reflect on the visual, philosophical and symbolic representations of the landscape and the transformative power that humans have on the physical environment.  The act of viewing, be it nature, built-up areas or the things that surround us, is an experience that is partially determined by our culture.

About The Artists

Jamie Buckley (b. 1980, Kerry) is an artist who currently lives and works in Belfast and Munich.  His digital video work focuses on ideas around memory and history, often appropriating documentary film making strategies and techniques.  Buckley completed an MFA (with Distinction) at the University of Ulster in 2012.

Hebertshausen” was filmed at a somewhat forgotten place that was used as a mass killing site. Today one section of the site is marked with a few information panels.  It is very rarely visited.  This video approaches the grounds and uses the panels as geographical waypoints.

Justyna Gruszczyk completed her PhD Studies in Fine Art in 2011 at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.  Her recent solo exhibitions include Merging, Centre of Creative Practices, Dublin (September, 2011), Permeating, Contemporary Center of Art Laznia, Gdansk (June, 2010).   She was awarded a scholarship of the Marshall of the Silesian Voivodenship, 2012.  In Cracow, 2011 she was awarded a prize for the project The Bodies of the Books at the 4P: Penman/Poetry/Prose/Public Place Festival.

I am interested in art which does not produce visual artifacts, which is concentrated on providing spectators an experience of perceiving art. But the most important subject for me is spectator’s sub consciousness. Is the spectator, who doesn’t know that he or she is perceiving art, still the spectator, or only accidental passer-by? Does art really need our consciousness to be perceived?

Barbara Knezevic lives and works in Dublin. She attended the Sydney College of the Arts where she received a Bachelor of Visual Arts and completed her Masters in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Knezevic’s sculptural practice is concerned with how objects function materially, philosophically and economically in the world. The work embodies her interest in the construction of cultural meaning and value, and the peculiar human relationship to the things around us that is typified by the art-object. She assembles various materials, often of industrial and commercial origin, into tentative, unstable and temporary arrangements. These constructions are deliberately spartan in their composition, but bear the trace of the agency of the artist. Somewhere in the act of editing and re-arranging these objects, a moment emerges that allows them to transcend their familiarity and move towards the unknown.

Gavin Murphy is a Dublin-based artist and curator with a long engagement with artist-led projects and collaborative initiatives. Current projects include a film Something New Under the Sun, and On Seeing Only Totally New Things, a publication in collaboration with Atelier David Smith.

His practice involves the assemblage of unique fabricated elements, sourced and found objects, video/film, sound and photography. Using cultural matter as material-medium, it references art, history and theory to form a spatial/temporal narrative arc made up of intercommunicating texts, combined with an interest in the sculptural possibilities of cinematic structures and mise en scène.

He is the recipient of various Arts Council awards, and residencies at Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne; and is director/curator of the artist-run space, Pallas Projects/Studios.

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council

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