Exhibition Fergal McCarthy: Right-Wing Rising

Fergal McCarthy: Right-Wing Rising © Fergal McCarthy

Fri, 22.09.2017 -
Mon, 27.11.2017

Goethe-Institut Irland

62 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2

Fergal McCarthy: Right-Wing Rising

Exhibition as part of the Goethe-Institut Project "Picture Politics"

Opening: 22 September – 7:00 pm

The fear of terrorism and the refugee crisis have inflamed populistic and extreme right-wing tendencies in multiple parts of Europe. “Picture Politics” provides an online platform for cartoonists, comic artists and illustrators where they express their opinions on fears and prejudices in form of comics. The Goethe-Instituts in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom and Ireland asked artists to respond to the right-wing tendencies in their respective countries and across Europe.
From Ireland Fergal McCarthy has taken part in this project. He has created a series of 80 drawings about the history of right-wing movements in Ireland. He is a painter, visual artist and writer.
He makes films, drawings, sculptures and public art installations that explore varied themes such as economic crashes, the decimation of inner cities and the importance of public space in urban environments.
Humor is an essential component of much of his output in particular when used within his drawings which have been published in the Irish Times and exhibited in galleries and museums.
Fergal McCarthy on his work for Picture Politics:
“It has been a great honor to be invited to participate in this project by the Goethe-Institut. Our world is changing at an alarming pace, it’s incredibly important that this darkening political landscape is explored and addressed. By creating art works in response to the rise of the Right-Wing we are documenting a particularly dangerous moment in our history. My research into Ireland’s right-wing yielded relatively few results, there is one or two political parties of this nature in our country but their following is miniscule.”