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Mask, Myth & Multiple Cultures


Aug 19, 2003
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Mask, Myth and Multiple Cultures
IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art

SATURDAY 12 & 19 September AT 12 PM – 1:30 PM

Join us for Mask, Myth and Multiple Cultures workshop at The People’s Pavilion inspired by the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Led by artists Roxana Manouchehri, Laragh Pittman participants will explore Rego’s interest in stories, role play, costumes, animals and ‘dollies’ which feature in her works and the mysterious world between truth and fiction, art and life.

These workshops are suitable for both teenagers and adults.
Places are limited. If you would like to book your free place, email Andrea on [email protected]

In the context of the upcoming exhibition Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance, Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA, has invited members of Art Nomads to participate in two exploratory workshops. The members include artists Roxana Manouchehri, Laragh Pittman, Rajinder Singh, Antonio D’Souza, poet Insaf Yalçinkaya, and architect Muhammad Achour. These artists will share their knowledge of the various forms of storytelling and mythical figures from different parts of the world and diverse cultural traditions including; Persia, Kurdistan, Syria, India, East Africa, Malaysia and Ireland.

Through a guided discussion and mask design workshop participants will explore images of creatures sometimes half human, half animal who populate fairy tales, myths and folk stories that we all know from our own upbringings. Folk stories are like culture itself, they have been shaped and changed innumerable times by the journeys and languages of transcultural exchange. A mask can not only be described as a protective garment but is also a transformative object that gives the wearer a shamanistic potential in the world.

Paula Rego, Obedience and Defiance exhibition opens from 18 September – 3 January. Tickets will be available to purchase from 7 September 2020