Victories are Short-lived

Victories are Short-lived
Curated by Peter Richards, featuring artists: Milena Bonilla; Cecily Brennan; and Elvira Santamaría-Torres


The fundamental premise of the exhibition Victories are Short-lived is to provoke discussion and reflection on both the psychological and phenomenological aftermath of conflict. The exhibition’s dynamic derives from the agency and potential simpatico relationship between the shared sense of nature’s fragility and resilience in each of the selected artworks and in each artist’s very distinct subject selection.  Juxtaposition’s innate ability to provoke discussion and stimulate new narratives has been actively employed by Golden Thread Gallery over the years, as a means of both challenging and reflecting upon our understanding of recent history and our participation in its legacy.

The exhibition Victories are Short-lived brings together for the first time the work of Milena Bonilla, Cecily Brennan and Elvira Santamaría-Torres and encompasses drawing, installation, photography and video works.  The Golden Thread Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council in the realisation of this exhibition.  Our thanks to the artists Milena Bonilla, Cecily Brennan and Elvira Santamaría-Torres for their participation and their galleries mor charpentier, Paris and Taylor Galleries, Dublin, in assisting us in bringing this exhibition to fruition.

About the artists: 

Milena Bonilla, (b. 1975, Bogotá, Columbia), works across a variety of media including photography, video, installation and drawing to examine themes of nature, territory, economy and politics. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, (2015); Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, (2014); CIFO, Miami, (2013); Proyecto Paralelo, Mexico City, (2013); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennial, (2011) and SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway, (2011), amongst others.  Bonilla currently lives and works in Amsterdam and is represented by mor charpentier, Paris

Cecily Brennan, (b. 1955, Co. Galway, Ireland), explores issues of human pain and trauma through her multimedia practice.  Previous exhibitions include Transmediale, MMX Berlin, (2011); Love Video, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno (2011); Dark Waters, Station Project, Platform Arts, Belfast (2011); Collecting the New, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2010); Black Tears, Taylor Galleries, Dublin (2010) and Balancing, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, (2005). Brennan lives and works in Dublin and Berlin.  She is represented by Taylor Galleries, Dublin.

Elvira Santamaría-Torres (b. 1967, Mexico City), utilizes action art to investigate the self, human relationships and the nature of reality.  In 1993 she participated in the First Month of Performance Art in the Chopo University Museum with the piece One Sleepless Night. Since then, Elvira Santamaría has exhibited widely across Mexico, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, and has participated in countless festivals, including the 2nd Festival del Performance, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, (1993), Colon, Essen, Dortmund and Bon tour organized by ASA European, (1997); Expo Hannover (2000); Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagano and Nagoya, (2002); Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2005); The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow and Place of Passing, Belfast (2006). Santamaría has been a member of the Black Market International performance art collective since 2000.

Image Credit: ‘An Enchanted Forest,’ 2013-2014, courtesy of Milena Bonilla and mor charpentier, Paris

Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council

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