Opening 29.03.2017 - 18:00 - 21:00


In cooperation with Kaaitheater and Performatik, Orla Barry presents in Argos the premiere of the performance Breaking Rainbows and the exhibition of the same name.

From stories on a sheep farm to what categories reveal about the mind. From singing competitions in Ancient Greece to ecological issues today. With a year’s production of her own wool and two performers, Orla Barry addresses our complex relationship with nature. The result is compelling live performance and a video installation, made up of a series of vignettes that reflect upon the primal, poetic and unpredictable bond we have with the natural world.

Orla Barry (°1969, Wexford) is both visual artist and shepherd. Her work deals with the physicality and poetics of oral language. A recent leitmotif running through her work is the cannibalistic, symbiotic tension between being an artist and a farmer in rural Ireland. During Performatik 13 she exhibited the much-lauded Mountain at Bozar.

She has shown work at The Project Arts Centre (Dublin), The South London Gallery, Tate Modern & Camden Arts Centre (London), If I cant dance & De Appel (Amsterdam) and Playground Festival (Leuven). She has also had solo shows at Mothers Tankstation (Dublin), CCB, Museu Bernardo (Lisbon, with Rui Chafes), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), SMAK (Ghent),  Bozar (Brussels). She has been awarded the prize of the Palais de Beaux Arts in the ‘Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge’ in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex Prize in 1999. Website Orla Barry.


written and directed by Orla Barry | collaborators Einat Tuchman, Derrick Devine, Marcus Lamb  | performers Einat Tuchman, Dick Walsh | commissioned and produced by Wexford Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios | co-production Kaaitheater, ARGOS centre for art and media, Crawford Art Gallery | funded by Arts Council of Ireland and by Culture Ireland | support Dublin Theatre Festival, Midsummer Festival Cork, Opera Festival Wexford & IMMA’s residency program.



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    Werfstraat 13 rue du Chantier
    1000 Brussels
    +32 2 229 00 03

    Opening hours: 
    Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 18:00

    NEW: Open late night until 21:00 every last Wednesday of the month.

    Entrance Tickets:
    6 € Individual visitor

    4 € Students, seniors (+60), unemployed

    1,25€ Ticket Article 27

    0 € -18, teacher, ICOM card members, press, IKT members, SUBBACULTCHA members

    NB: The entrance ticket is a personal pass that gives you unlimited access to the exhibition.

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