Miranda Blennerhassett (IE) and Jack Faber (IL/FI) are the recipients of the 2022 TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange 2022. Miranda Blennerhassett will spend three months in residency at Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) from February to May 2022, while Jack Faber will spend two months in residency at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin from May to June 2022.
Blennerhassett is interested in the cultural role of pattern and decoration. Her current focus is on domestic textile crafts such as weaving, quilt-making, knitting and embroidery. In making her installations, Miranda is thinking about the relationship between architecture and ornament; between domestic space and institutional space; between the handmade and the mass produced; and about the gendered production of crafts and ownership of spaces. She is interested in an inclusive approach to creativity that is inviting to audiences through familiar patterns and materials, and the reassurance of repetition.
Faber is a Helsinki-based filmmaker and artistic researcher at The Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. He is a trans-disciplinary artist, specialising in the transgressions of moving images and film. Merging cinematic practice and artistic research, Jack focuses on narrative strategies, interspecies relations and cultural frameworks, and explores their boundaries. His body of expanded cinema and moving image works goes by the name SUB PACIFIC FILMS.
Since 2007, the TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange has provided twenty-four artists from Ireland and Finland with time, space, and support to create new work, and fostered dialogue, collaboration and international networking opportunities.
Miranda Blennerhassett’s recent exhibitions and projects include: Rhythms, Flæði, Reykjavík, Iceland (2021); Cathedral Windows, Einszueins, Berlin (2020); staring forms, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin (2019); Mote, Mote 102, Edinburgh (2019); Small Town Decline: Rural Patterns of Decay, Glór, Ennis (2019); Sixteen Memos for the Next Millenium, NARS, New York (2018); Less Than 24 Hours, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík (2018).
Jack Faber‘s recent screenings and installations include: CFTA, ExLab, Helsinki (2021); Cooking for the Apocalypse, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki (2020); History is Full of Ruse and Cunning, ExLab, Helsinki (2019), Astral America, Room 25, Tel Aviv-Jaffa (2019); Havana Cinematheque (2017); Netherlands Film Festival (2015); Motovun Film Festival (2015), Eye Film institute (2014).
Images: on the left Jack Faber’s Feral, photographed by Petri Summanen; on the right Miranda Blennerhassett’s Cathedral Windows.
The TBG+S/HIAP International Residency Exchange is supported by the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.