Playing ‘race cards’ at Dublin art festival
2018-04-15 12:57:41 -
Art & Culture


By Staff Reporter
Challenging questions on race and ethnicity will be raised at this year’s Live Collision art festival later this month.
‘Race Cards’, an installation by Leeds, UK-based artist Selina Thompson that poses 1,000 questions about race, is a centrepiece of the event at the Project Arts Centre from 25-29 April.
The often provocative questions raised by Thompson in her award-winning work aim to explore people’s feelings and experiences on the issue of identity.
Some of the questions include ‘Are you black, or are you ‘new black’?’ and ‘Who is more problematic – famous racist Nigel Farage, or the liberal journalist politely asking him questions?’
“Race Cards is a constantly growing installation and archive, undertaken in aid of Selina Thompson’s research for her body of work ‘As Wide and As Deep as the Sea’,” the Live Collision organisers said in a statement. “It has been a card game, a durational performance and an 18-hour one-to-one.
“In 2017-18 it has been presented as an installation containing 1,000 questions about race, written by Selina in three sittings across 24 hours one weekend in Edinburgh.”
The Dublin presentation, from noon daily for the duration of the festival, will be a looped video installation of a performance from the Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas to be recorded on 21 April.
Others featured in this year’s Live Collison lineup include Split Britches, the duo of US artists Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, with their brand new work Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) following its international debut at La Mama in NYC as part of Under the Radar.
Anu Productions will present Faultline, a work-in-development bringing Anu inside the theatre space and onto the stage for the first time in over 10 years. Stacy Makishi also brings the second part of her faith-based trilogy in the form of The Comforter, following its UK debut this year.
The full festival programme can be found at


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