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Exhibition of works from the

a/political collection curated by Franko B [Rua Red, Dublin]

(October - December 2017)


press release:

Curated by pioneering performance and visual artist Franko B, HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! marks the first exhibition of selected works from the a/political collection, opening at Rua Red Gallery, South Dublin from the 7 October – 2 December 2017. The exhibition initiates the forthcoming programme of Rua Red’s new Director Maolíosa Boyle and the year long partnership with a/political.

At a time when history is eating itself, bloated off war and genocide, we look towards its nuclear death. HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! provides an alternative narrative to the current political status quo - one of timeless definace, resistence and disorder - from some of the most influential socially and politically engaged contemporary artists.


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Franko B

Petr Davydtchenko


Kendell Geers

Leon Golub

John Heartfield


Peter Kennard


Barbara Kruger

Oleg Kulik

Andrei Molodkin

Gustav Metzger

Shirin Neshat

Arsen Savadov

Andres Serrano

Santiago Sierra

Ai Weiwei


• 7th October, 2-4pm: The Image of Violence / The violence of the Image

- Talk by Francesca Alfano Miglietti followed by a roundtable discussion with artists from the a/political collection, including Franko B, Kendell Geers, kennardphillips and Andrei Molodkin. Francesca Alfano is a theoretician, curator and art critic. She is professor of Contemporary Art at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. The focus of her research is the contamination between life and art, and identity as a transformational element.

• 24th October, 10am-5pm: Speaking the Language of Catastrophe; A Workshop on Autonomous Living in the Times of Crisis

- Workshop with artist Petr Davydtchenko

• 15th-17th November, 9am-6pm daily: The Personal, the Political and the Poetic; How to Survive Your Family, the Church and the State

- Workshop with artist and curator Franko B

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