Kevin Gaffney




A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World


An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable

The Black Plum



Bio & CV








Unseen by my Open Eyes monograph



Unseen by my Open Eyes | 24 x 18 cm / 9 x 11 in | 96 pages | Four colour printed | Paperback

This first evaluation of Irish artist and filmmaker Kevin Gaffney’s work takes the reader on a journey across vast and manifold landscapes. Four of Gaffney’s films are explored in a series of richly illustrated sections, with subjects ranging from daily life in Iran to military conscription in Taiwan, and physical and emotional distance between people living in South Korea. Gaffney’s style moves fluidly between pastiche and allegory, setting the scene in a near-dystopian future or calling for a half-remembered past.

One recent work, A Numbness in the Mouth, imagines his native Ireland as a flourishing nationalist future state after a shift in climate change, where there is an agricultural surplus of flour, of which citizens must consume five pounds per day. This has unavoidable resonances of Ireland’s tragic past, ironically inverting the problems of the nineteenth-century famine and magnifying the reverberations of rising militarism and nationalism in the twentieth century by staging a newscast in Gaelic.

Unseen by my Open Eyes includes English film transcripts, together with an annex of Korean, Chinese, Persian and Irish scripts, and an essay by the acclaimed Irish critic, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.

Purchase a signed copy from the artist: €20 Ireland | £20, Northern Ireland & UK | €25 International | All inclusive of postage



10th Imagine Science Film Festival New York



The North American premiere of a A Numbness in the Mouth will be at the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival in New York as part of the Planet of Consumption screening programme.

"In the vast production-system of the anthropocene, resources must constantly be gathered and transformed for consumption, with bi-products disposed of in turn. Energy must be harnessed, sometimes with unexpected consequences, and commodities produced and shifted, or even ill-advisedly released back into the wild in mass. But this isn't only environmental or economic portrait, but also a speculative look beyond and into the nature of our ambivalently dystopian resource systems themselves and how they constantly affect and mirror our lives.

Expect faux-informational videos on the effects of climate-induced grain surplus, all-too-real waste management concerns, and the commodification of identity itself in the digital age."

More information on the screening programme. More information on screening venue: The New School, 1-3pm, Sunday 15th October 2017.



AMINI 17 Festival of Artists' Moving Image


A Numbness in the Mouth will screen at the AMINI 17 Festival of Artists' Moving Images at The Mac Belfast as part of "The Future is Another Country" screening, curated by Rana Öztürk.

More information on the programme. Get tickets here.




Artist Talk: Basic Space Talks at the Hugh Lane



"Kevin Gaffney will discuss his recent films and screen The mirror is dark and inky, where daily life in Iran is interrupted by a whale living in a bathtub."

BASIC TALKS is a series of informal talks with leading contemporary practitioners, taking place at the Hugh Lane on the second Friday of every month. Curated by Basic Space in partnership with The Hugh Lane, BASIC TALKS is an open platform for lectures, workshops, presentations and performances. Speakers will include artists, curators, writers and critics who will generate discourse on producing, framing and exhibiting art. BASIC TALKS is a collaboration between Basic Space and The Hugh Lane, exploring alternatives in the dissemination of contemporary art and its discourses.

Friday 11 August, 1 - 2 pm, Gallery 18, The Hugh Lane, Dublin.



Art Works at VISUAL Carlow



Carlow Arts Festival and VISUAL present ART WORKS ‘17, the 38th Annual Open Submission exhibition and Hotron Art Prizes. Selected by Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA (Dundee) and Emma Lucy O’ Brien, Curator, VISUAL. The exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices from emerging and established artists working in Ireland.

Commenting on ART Works ’17 Eoin Dara says “The shortlisted artists form a really eclectic and exciting mix of approaches to contemporary practice. With artworks ranging from painting, drawing and photography, to experimental film, installation, and performance, this exhibition will be a wonderful opportunity for audiences to get a sense of some of the pertinent ideas and concerns both emerging and established artists across Ireland are exploring in 2017.”

Selected Artists: Kevin Gaffney, Lee Welch, Aisling O'Beirn, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Sarah O'Brien, Jonathan Mayhew, Vera Ryklova, Pádraig Spillane,Susan MacWilliam, Karl Burke, Martin Boyle, Robert Moriarty, Damien Flood, Doireann Ni Ghrioghair, Tom Fitzgerald, Lorraine Neeson and Saidhbhín Gibson. Invited artists: Miguel Martin, Emma Haugh, Tonya Mc Mullan.

Hotron ART WORKS Prize Awards Party and exhibition launch: 7th June, 7.00 pm.

Exhibition continues until 3rd September 2017. More information.




Homeland at Loop Barcelona: City Screen



Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands will be shown at Homeland by Damer House at Loop Barcelona: City Screen. Artists: Aniz Duran, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Kevin Gaffney, Joanna Hopkins, Sharon Kelly, Sharon Murphy, Alan Phelan, David Quin. 22-28 May / La Place Art Space /Basses de Sant Pere 10 B, 08003, Barcelona.





Bealtaine Festival Residency & Panel Discussion




"We are thrilled to once again host a residency with Age & Opportunity for the 2017 Bealtaine Festival. Following on the success of last year’s residency, artists Vivienne Dick, Kevin Gaffney & Kathy Prendergast have been invited by Bealtaine to take up residence at Cow House for two full weeks from May 7th to the 20th. The premise for this residency is to allow this intergenerational group of artists time to consider their art practice in our rural surrounding."

Panel Discussion chaired by Bealtaine visual arts curator Linda Shevlin: 2pm Friday May 19th 2017, Wexford Arts Centre. Residency: 7th-2oth May. More information.

Kevin's work is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.




Urban Nomad Film Festival Taiwan



A Numbness in the Mouth (Mandarin translation) will be screening at Taipei's Urban Nomad Film Festival on 13th May.

味覺麻痺 A Numbness in the Mouth / Kevin Gaffney / 2016 / 愛爾蘭 / 實驗 / 18分鐘 / 愛爾蘭語、英語 / 中英字幕 / 亞洲首映


TIME:18:00~19:40 Sat 13th May / VENUE:Woolloomooloo Moonshiner (台北市萬華區武昌街二段120巷2號2樓 / 2F, No. 2, Lane 120, Section 2, Wuchang St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108).

Buy tickets here. More on the festival here.





Futures at the RHA reviewed in the Irish Times


Aidan Dunne reviewed A Numbness in the Mouth at the RHA Futures exhibition in the Irish Times. The exhibition continues until 23rd April. Read it online here.




Futures at the RHA




"RHA’s exhibition of emerging artists re- commences this March. The first series took place in June 2001, now fifteen years later we think it is as challenging and as exciting as ever. Over the past three years a new group of artists have emerged (and remember nearly all of our Futures exhibitions are inter-generational). This will be the first of three annual shows looking at the diversity and range of this next wave. Futures, Series 3, Episode 1 will include work by artists Richard Forrest, Kevin Gaffney, Ann Maria Healy, Elaine Hoey, Ali Kirby, Jane Locke and Jane Rainey."

Preview: 16th March, 6-8pm.

Exhibition continues: March 17th- 23rd April 2017. More information.




Watch Interview with Melvyn Bragg on Sky Arts



Sky Arts programme and interview with Melvyn Bragg about Kevin's practice and the making of 'A Numbness in the Mouth' for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.



Screening at the Dingle International Film Festival



A Numbness in the Mouth will screen at the Dingle International Film Festival on Friday 24th March at 1pm.

Venue: St James' Church. More information here.




Millennium Court exhibition extended



Unseen by my Open Eyes at Millennium Court Arts Centre has been extended until 4th February 2017.

Read about the making of the works in the exhibition in the current print issue of Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, Jan/Feb 2017.

Gallery opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm & by appointment. Millennium Court Arts Centre, William Street, Portadown, BT62 3NX.




Exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre



"Unseen by my Open Eyes is a solo exhibition by Kevin Gaffney featuring four films that explore the construction, projection and manipulation of identity.

A Numbness in the Mouth, a 17 minute vision of a self- sustaining militarised Ireland where food production and consumption is kept in balance. Created with a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, A Numbness in the Mouth was filmed on location in a nineteenth-century water-powered flour mill Dublin, and explores our relationship to food, its production and consumption in a series of staged scenes, archival footage, monologues and analogies.

In The Mirror is Dark and Inky, daily life in Iran is interrupted by a whale living in a bathtub. Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands reflects on geographic, political and emotional separations in South Korea. Everything Disappears explores selfhood, relationships and military conscription in Taiwan. Each film is shot in the prevalent or native tongue of the country in which the film was shot, with participants from Iran, Taiwan and South Korea performing the roles.



Accompanying the exhibition is the first monograph of the artist's work, published by Black Dog Publishing in London. The four recent films are presented through a series of richly illustrated sections and are contextualised in an essay by critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith. Also featured are the films’ English scripts, with an appendix compiling the scripts in Persian, Korean, Mandarin and Irish."

Opening: Friday 2nd December, 7-9pm.

Artist talk: Wednesday 18th January, 2-3pm.

A free bus will run between Dublin and Portadown on the opening. Bus leaves the RHA in Dublin at 4pm, and returns from Millennium Court at 8.30pm. To book a place on the bus please email

Gallery opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm & by appointment. Millennium Court Arts Centre, William Street, Portadown, BT62 3NX.




Art Street at Sapporo Art Stage ケビン・ガフニー




A Japanese translation of A Numbness in the Mouth will be exhibited at the Art Street public exhibition in the underground walkway between Sapporo and Odori subway stations.

Exhibition dates: 5th November - 4th December 2016. Sapporo underground walkway "Chikaho," West 1 - East 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan.

More information. Work location/ map. Full programme.




Screening at the Cork Film Festival



A Numbness in the Mouth will screen at the 61st Cork Film Festival on Thursday 17th November as part of the Irish Shorts programme, Beneath the Surface, at the Gate Cinema.

More information on the festival here. Get tickets here.




Screening at the Edinburgh Artist's Moving Image Festival



A Numbness in the Mouth will screen at EAMIF on Tuesday 22nd November at Filmhouse. The film programme includes films by Emma Finn, Natasha Cantwell, Catherina Cramer, Kevin Gaffney, Michelle Hall and Jennifer Levonian.

More information on the festival and tickets here.




A Numbness in the Mouth reviewed in the Irish Times

Aidan Dunne reviewed A Numbness in the Mouth at the Linenhall Arts Centre in the Irish Times on 2nd August 2016. The exhibition continues until 20th August. Read it online here.




The Linenhall Arts Centre



A Numbness in the Mouth is a new body of work by Kevin Gaffney, the first Irish recipient of a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, and will be exhibited at The Linenhall, Castlebar, from Friday 15th July- Saturday 20th August 2016.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a 17 minute film, A Numbness in the Mouth, which takes place in an Ireland of the near-future; a self-sustaining, militarized island where climate change has benefited agricultural production. A spokesperson for the government’s Ministry of Food- speaking in our now popular native tongue, Gaeilge- informs us that rations are being enforced. Due to a record crop yield of wheat there is a surplus of flour on the market. To retain economic balance between supply and demand, each citizen is requested to consume more than five pounds of flour per day.

Shackleton’s Mill in Dublin provides the context for the film’s two protagonists to explore the role of women in the mill, alongside our relationship to food and its production in a series of staged scenes, monologues and analogies. The mill was recommissioned for filming, with grain running through the chutes and rollers. The roles in the film are inhabited by Sinéad Ní Uallacháin (a broadcaster with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta) and Jenny Swingler (a performer, writer and theatre director based in London).



Kindly supported by Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, The Arts Council of Ireland, and Fingal Arts Office.



Sky Arts Programme Broadcast



Sky Arts in the UK & Ireland will broadcast a 10 minute programme on Kevin Gaffney's practice, including an interview with Melvyn Bragg about the project he created for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship. The short programme will air throughout June, July & August and is also available on Sky On Demand and Sky Go.

Broadcast dates: Saturday 11th June, 3.20pm. Thursday 16th June, 4.20am. Thursday July 28th, 4.50am. Mon 1st August, 4.50am. Sat 20th August, 10.50am.




Art Works exhibition at VISUAL Carlow


The mirror is dark and inky will be shown as part of the 37th annual open submission exhibition at VISUAL Carlow, as part of the Carlow Arts Festival. Running for 10 days at VISUAL and St Patrick’s College, this exhibition celebrates the energy, creative power and diversity of visual arts practices in Ireland.

This year's exhibition has been selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven & Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London.

More on VISUAL. More on Carlow Arts Festival.




European Media Art Festival 2016



The mirror is dark and inky will be screened at the EMAF as part of the Watch Me, See Me Be programme on Friday 22nd April at 19:30 at the Lagerhalle, Osnabrück. Filmmakers will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

"The films in this programme showcase self-images and self-portrayals of the young and old, shown from very different angles, and in very different countries. In The mirror is dark and inky, everyday images from Iran could depict an atmospheric portrait of Tehran, if it wasn’t for the whale in the bath, and if the mirror didn’t look so strange.

View the EMAF programme here.




Les Rencontres Internationales



The mirror is dark and inky is part of Les Rencontres Internationales at Gaîté Lyrique in Paris on 12-17 January 2016. Les Rencontres Internationales is 6 days of discovery and reflection focused on contemporary moving image practices covering the fields of new cinema and contemporary art. In the presence of artists and filmmakers from all over the world, the event will offer an international programme gathering internationally-known artists and filmmakers and young artists and filmmakers presented for the first time.

More on Les Rencontres Internationales.




IMMA Collection




Everything Disappears has become part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art's collection, having been donated by Frank X. Buckley & Dr. Michael P. Burns through the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland (FNCI).

More information here.




Screenings of Everything Disappears at the Guesthouse and Société Jersiaise



'Select, Play,’ The Guesthouse, curated by Laura Smith. Shandon, Cork. 7 pm, Wednesday 11th November 2015.

‘'Select, Play' features a diverse range of artist moving image currently being produced by innovative Irish artists.

Running order: Rob Murphy & Lily Cahill: Excitable Boy, 2014, 3:30 mins. Eoghan Ryan: Clamdigger, 2015, 7:57 mins. Kevin Gaffney: Everything disappears, 2014, 15:59 mins. Fiona Marron: After Automation, 2013, 34:29 mins. Rob Murphy & Lily Cahill: Meeting on the Turret Stairs, 2014, 1:06 mins.


'Shifters,' Société Jersiaise, curated by Tom Pope. 7 Pier Road, St Helier, Jersey. 3pm, Saturday 14th November 2015.

The screening is part of Jersey Arts Trust's Skipton Art Series, Jersey Projection Gallery 2015.

Film programme: 'Ben Thompson: Obzervayshuns. Peter Ainsworth: A Remote and Reminiscent Connection. Kevin Gaffney: Everything Disappears. Vicki Thornton: The Centre and the Circumference. Silas Money: Bird Box. Jenny Ekholm: Thick Weather. Tom Pope: The Last Portage.




Article in The Irish Times



The Irish Times featured an article by Aidan Dunne about Kevin Gaffney's practice and the project he is creating for the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.

"What emerges in the “psychological landscapes” that Gaffney devises is the individual complexity that underlies the ordinary. The familiarity of a world of social convention is replaced by a more malleable, fictional space. He is enduringly concerned with the way we perform identities and how, despite the evident conviction of the performances, identity is at heart constructed, manipulated and projected. In practice, the apparent order we inhabit is always susceptible to disruption as subconscious desires are acknowledged and presumed identities are challenged."

Read the full article online here.




Exhibition at CCA Derry~Londonderry



Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands will be showing in CCA Derry~Londonderry as part of Out There, Thataway, a group exhibition curated by Francis Halsall, Declan Long, and CCA.

"Out There, Thataway has two conceptual starting points: first, a concern with imagining or navigating territories that are ‘beyond knowledge’; and second, an interest in ways that metaphors of geography shape our thinking and behaviour. The exhibition includes artworks that refer to terrains that are traversed through strategies of fiction and historical association (Stephen Brandes, Kevin Gaffney, Rana Hamadeh); works that imply hesitancy or potentiality regarding location and direction (Merlin James, Fergus Feehily); and others that suggest spaces that are beyond the horizons of our geography altogether (Aleana Egan, Nathan Coley). While not explicitly addressing the contested narratives of territory in the history of Derry/Londonderry, the exhibition is further animated by this context. The speculative journeys and destinations alluded to in these artworks often suggest an urgent need to think beyond immediate predicaments and situations; extreme ideas of 'elsewhere' that might offer no fulfilment, promising only further solitude or uncertainty."



8th August- 26th September 2015, CCA Derry~Londonderry.

More information on the exhibition. Read a review from Culture Northern Ireland.




Kooshk Open Studio exhibition at Mohsen Gallery, Tehran



This exhibition will feature work-in-progess by the four winners of the Kooshk Artist Residency Award, including a video by Kevin Gaffney (Ireland), an installation by Korinsky (Germany), an installation by Elena Artemenko (Russia) and a performance by Sandra Stanionyte (Lithuania).



Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th July, 4-9pm, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran.




Sky Academy Arts Scholarship



Sky Academy announced the five artists aged 18-30 who have each been awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, including Kevin Gaffney, a 28 year old visual artist from Dublin, working in photography and film. For his Sky Academy Arts Scholarship project, Kevin plans to create and exhibit a new body of work titled “A Numbness in the Mouth” exploring areas of forgotten industries which remain as spectres on the Irish landscape.

Revealed at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards the five winners will each receive £30,000 / €38,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from Sky and the Arts industry. The Scholarships aim to help young artists across Ireland and the UK to develop their creative practice and take their work to the next level. This year, four scholarships were awarded in the UK and one scholarship was awarded exclusively to an Irish applicant.

Kris Nelson, Director of the Tiger Dublin Fringe and ambassador for the Irish scholarship, said “I’m delighted for Irish winner Kevin Gaffney and all the nominees. Kevin’s work is bold, brave and unusual – he is an artist working with tremendous insight, powerful images and personal context to create stunning video and art works in Ireland and abroad. I’m sure that the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship will help him take his projects to the next level, fostering new collaborations and higher profile for his work.”

Scholarships were also awarded to visual artist Sarah Maple, music producer Adebayo Fakos and writer and performer Jonnie Bayfield, and creative producer Anisa Haghdadi.

More on Sky Academy. Article from Business to Arts. Article from Business & Leadership.





Kooshk Artist Residency Award, Tehran



Kevin Gaffney has been selected as one of the four artists for the first edition of theKooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2015).

KARA has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique space of Tehran. This Residency program is a chance for attendants to do research and experiment, develop professionally maintain direct dialogues and the exchange of ideas in order to grow and nurture their creativity, and try new methods of working and thinking.

The jury consisted of Alessio Antoniolli (Director of Gasworks), Tooraj Khamenehzadeh (Artist, Curator and Program Manager of Kooshk Residency and Co-Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors of Rybon Art Center), Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith (Critic, Curator and Senior Lecturer in Irish language and literature at University College Dublin), Bisi Silva (Curator and the Founder/ Director of Centre for Contemporary Art CCA, Lagos) and Pooja Sood (Curator, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association and Founding Director of ARThinkSouthAsia), who selected 4 artists from 247 applications coming from 70 different countries.

More on Kooshk/ KARA.




The AIB Eigse exhibition at VISUAL



Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands will be exhibited as part of the AIB Eigse exhibition, part of the Carlow Arts Festival, at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art from 29th May- 30th August 2015.

The exhibition selector was Lewis Biggs, former curator of Folkestone Triennale, artistic director of Liverpool Biennale, and director of Tate Liverpool.

Read review of the exhibition in the Irish Times by Aidan Dunne here. More info on the exhibition here.




Homeland at Damer House Gallery



Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands will be screening as part of Homeland at Damer House Gallery in collaboration with Loop-Festival Barcelona, 6-28th June 2015.

More on the exhibition here. More on Damer House Gallery.



Video Works in the Artist Pension Trust Collection



Kevin Gaffney has been selected to join the Artist Pension Trust. "APT has the largest global collection of contemporary art, comprising 10,000 artworks from 2,000 select artists in 75 different countries. With additional commitments totaling 40,000 artworks, the collection is growing by more than 2,000 each year, as artworks are deposited by artists chosen by APT’s distinguished international Curatorial Team."

Currently both Everything Disappears and An Oral Fixation are part of the APT Global One collection.

More on the Artist Pension Trust Here. More on the APT Institute.




Screening at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival



Everything Disappears will be screen at the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival as part of the Photoformance short film programme on Sunday 19th April, 12-1.30pm at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, Scotland. A Q&A with the filmmakers will be held after the screening.

"Everything Disappears is built around a contemporary performance for the camera in Taiwan, an acting out of mytho-psychological fantasies and urban ennui by volunteer performers."

More on the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival here.




Exhibition & Artist Talk at the University Art Gallery, Belfast School of Art.



On 12th, 13th & 16th February, three new films (Everything Disappears, Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands, and Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick) will be screening at the University Art Gallery at the Belfast School of Art. On 12th February, an artist talk will be held at the Conor Lecture Theatre, which is also open to the public. The Numbers Station is curated by Feargal O'Malley, and also features work by Michael Hanna, Ryan Moffet, Iain Griffin, Michael Dignam and Rachel Maclean.

"Operating in an international context Kevin Gaffney has made work in disparate places, interacting and working with new people, and investigating permeations of identity, self and the essence of places. The sets, soundscapes, situations and poetic dialogue in his films are often a representation of the psychological landscape of the characters; the manifestation of an abstract idea into a visual image or sequence. There is sensuality in the landscapes and colours which are rich and affecting and there is an emphasis on the experience of the body in space through both the movement of the camera and scenes showing action, strain, inflicting, proximity and a variety of physical textures the body is subjected to. The work recognises that the artist is not a neutral observer but a participant, and instead seizes the opportunity to combine images, cultural and literary reference and experiences. One work in particular, Everything Disappears, features the melding of the participants’ stories and images with Gaffney’s interpretation through a process of collaboration and translation."

To read the rest of the essay by Geraldine Boyle, click here.



More on the University Art Gallery.




Exhibition and Open Studio at MMCA Residency Changdong



Kevin will show a Korean translation of Everything Disappears in Other Forms of Relations, an exhibition of work by artists in residence at the National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in South Korea. Kevin was selected for the residency as one of UNESCO-Aschberg's laureate artists for 2014.

Work in progress will be shown at the Open Studio, which will be held on 14th November 2014 from 2pm, followed by the exhibition opening from 4-7pm. The exhibition continues until 7th December 2014.




MMCA Residency Changdong, 257 Deongneung-ro, Dobong-gu, Seoul, 132-919, Korea.

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Fake Hikers exhibition at MMCA Residency Changdong



Fake Hikers exhibition opens on 27th October at the MMCA Residency Changdong's gallery. Artists: APL315 (UA), Kevin Gaffney (IE), Oto Hudec (SK), Heide Hinrichs (DE), OLTA (JP), Kyungduck Park (KR), and Youngjoo Lee (KR). Curated by Katerina Filyuk and Oto Hudec.

Opening reception: 27th October 2014, 6-9pm. Exhibition continues until 11th November, 10am-6pm. Chandong National Art Studio, 257 Deongneug-ro, Dobong-gu, 132-919, Seoul, South Korea.

More about the MMCA Residency Changdong & MMCA.




Sorachi Coal Mine exhibition at the Sapporo International Art Festival



As part of the Sapporo International Arts Festival, and in association with CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute, Kevin Gaffney was commissioned to create a new film in response to the coal mining area of Yubari Shimizusawa in Hokkaido. The work, Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick, will be exhibited at the Hokutan Shimizusawa thermal power plant in Yubari Shimizusawa from 23rd August- 13th October 2014.



Sorachi Sorachi


Organised by the Sapporo City University in co-operation with the CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute, and the NPO Coal Mining Memory Agency. Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, the Fukutake Foundation, and the Program for the Promotion of Culture & Art.

More information on: Sorachi Coal Mine Project | Sapporo International Art Festival




The Moonless Ocean exhibition at CAI02, Contemporary Art Institute, Japan



The Moonless Ocean (Video, 8min 23sec, 2013) and Being in the Twofold World (35mm Slide Photographs & Video, 3min 30sec, 2013) are being presented in a solo exhibition at CAI02 (the Contemporary Art Institute) in Sapporo. The exhibition comes a result of being awarded the Grand Prix from the Sapporo Pre-Biennale in 2011, and is part of the Sapporo International Arts Festival's collaborative program of events.



The Moonless Ocean opens on 9th August at 1pm, with a reception party from 7pm. Exhibition dates: 9th-30th August 2014. Address: CAI02, Showa Building, B2 Nishi 5-chome, Chuo-ku, Odori, Sapporo City, Japan.

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Article in Visual Artists' News Sheet about Everything Disappears



An article about Kevin's residency project, carried out at the Taipei Artist Village, features in the current July/ August issue of VAN. It can be read online here.

"I proposed to create a new film, Everything Disappears, which would revolve around four local people and reflect on the fluidity of identity, with their personas becoming re-imagined on screen. Taiwan’s history of a shifting national identity – with former occupations by the Japanese, Chinese and Dutch – was an interesting context in which to locate this project."

More on Everything Disappears.




Belonging: Irish Queer Youth at the National Photographic Archive



Belonging: Irish Queer Youth at the National Photography Archive charts a decade of LGBT youth rights in Ireland. It explores BeLonG To’s work to combat homophobia & transphobia in schools and the workplace which has helped create a growing confidence amongst LGBT young people in Ireland today. Photographs also document young people’s participation in Pride events, advocacy work, political protests and actions, global solidarity work and portraits of the young people themselves. This exhibition marks the donation of BeLonG To’s work to the National Library of Ireland.

Belonging: Irish Queer Youth is curated by Kevin Gaffney who developed the archive while working as artist-in-residence at BeLonG To in 2013.




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Open Studio at Taipei Artist Village



Taipei Artist Village's Spring Open Studio event will take place on Saturday 22nd March & Sunday 23rd March, 2-6pm. In Studio 203, Kevin will be screening the trailer for his new film, Everything Disappears | 凡事煙飛湮滅.

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UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate Artist 2014



Kevin has been selected as one of the UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artists for a residency at the MMCA Residency Changdong in Seoul. The residency will run from September- December 2014, and is part of the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

More about the National Museum of Contemporary Art | More about UNESCO-Aschberg




Exhibition at Taipei Artist Village



A group exhibition of resident artists is opening at Taipei Artist Village on the 13th February 2014, 6-8pm. Exhibition continues until 9th March 2014.

Taipei Artist Village, No.7 Beiping E. Road, Taipei.




Film Project Award for Everything Disappears



Kevin has received a Film Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland for the creation of a new film, Everything Disappears, while on residence at the Taipei Artist Village from January- March 2014.







Artist Talk at Taipei Artist Village



On Saturday 18th January, Kevin will present an artists talk as artist in residence at Taipei Artist Village.

2-5pm, 18th January 2014. More information here.

Location: Bamboo Hall, Taipei Artist Village, Beiping E. Rd, Taipei. MRT: Shandao Temple (Exit 1).




Kevin has been selected for a Digital Media Award from Firestation Artists Studios. The residency will run from May- August 2014.

More information on Firestation here.



The Library Project



The Unnameable book is available to view & buy at the Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin. The Library Project is a public resource library initiated by the PhotoIreland Festival that currently boasts a collection of over 900 photo books, national and international.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Thurs 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

More on the Library Project.




The Poetry Project at the Royal Hibernian Academy



The Poetry Project will be screening at the RHA Gallery as part of Culture Night.

20th September 2013, 6.30pm- 11pm, Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

More on The Poetry Project. More on the RHA. More on Culture Night.




The Tokyo Art Book Fair 2013



The Unnameable book will be represented by C7C at the 5th annual Tokyo Art Book Fair. Featuring close to 300 participants from 15 countries, the fair will be the largest gathering of art publishers, independent publishers and self publishing artists in Tokyo ever and by far the largest event of its kind in Asia.

Dates: September 21st (Sat) 15:00-21:00, 22nd (Sun) 12:00-20:00, 23rd (Mon/National Holiday) 11:00-19:00.

Venue: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS, 1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo.




The Earth Rings in Your Ears at Eight Gallery



Kevin Gaffney & Sally-Anne Kelly / Ruth Clinton & Niamh Moriarty / Ruth Le Gear

Curated by Tracy Hanna

Although we are tiny we feel the Universe. We see and hear the crash of a wave on the shore being pulled by our moon. Various waves come to touch our skin from all corners of the cosmos and our eyes extend infinitely. We feel the enormous size of things. This exhibition presents three works that engage with the ocean. Each artist, in their individual approaches, listens to the mystical, mythical and extra-terrestrial forces that act upon and interact with water on Earth. "In answer to each step you take, the earth rings in your ears." (Eurydice, Arseniy Tarkovsky).

Preview: 7-9pm, 4th September. Gallery opening hours: Sunday 8th September 11am- 5.30pm. Monday 9th September 10am- 5.30pm. Tuesday 10th September 10am-3pm.

Eight Gallery, First Floor, 8 Dawson St, Dublin 2.

With kind support from Dublin City Council. Kevin Gaffney & Sally-Anne Kelly's work has been supported by the Arts Council's Film Project Award.





The Poetry Project, 19th- 25th August.



An excerpt from The Moonless Ocean is this weeks video on The Poetry Project. Every week a video artwork and poem is uploaded as part of Ireland's EU Presidency Culture Programme. Video works were selected by writer and curator Gemma Tipton, and Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy. The poem accompanying The Moonless Ocean is Suantraí na Meánmhara by Dairena Ní Chinnéide.

Watch it here.


The Moonless Ocean was supported by the Arts Council's Film Project Award.




Les Rencontres d'Arles 2013 Book Award Exhibition



The Unnameable book will be shown as part of the 2013 Book Award exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles. Les Rencontres d’Arles are giving a new dimension to the Book Awards this year, offering the copies presented in the exhibition to an international cultural institution dedicated to worldwide photography in order to participate in the creation of a library.

Exhibition: Atelier de Chaudronnerie (Grande Hall), Parc des Ateliers. 1st July- 22nd September, 10am-7.30pm.

More information on the Book Award exhibition here. More information on Les Rencontres d'Arles.




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For Beauty is Nothing but the Beginning of Terror/ Denn das Schöne ist nur des Schrecklichen Anfang.





Artists between self-staging and self-reflexion/ Künstler zwischen Selbstinszenierung und Selbstreflexion

Opening: 7pm, Friday 24th May 2013. Exhibition continues: 25th May: 12-9pm, 26th May: 2-7pm.

Kukulida e.V., Martin-Luther-Straße 1, 01099 Dresden, Germany.




The Observer & I, Galway Arts Centre.





Three new films, three new photography series, and a publication in a limited edition of 100.

Private view: 6-8pm, Friday 8th March 2013. Exhibition continues: 9th March- 13th April.

Galway Arts Centre opening hours: Tues-Fri 10.00-17.30, Sat 10.00-14.00.

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Pallas Projects/Studios present Periodical Review #2.



Selected by Eamonn Maxwell, Pádraic E. Moore, Gavin Murphy & Mark Cullen.

Pallas Projects/Studios presents the second Periodical Review at our new long-term studios and project space in Dublin’s historic area of The Coombe. Structured as an editorial review with a critical and discursive position, this unique, yearly survey of Irish contemporary art practices, looks at commercial gallery shows, museum exhibitions, artist-led and independent projects, publishing, and curatorial practices.

Pallas Projects/Studios. Preview: 6–8pm, 7 December 2012. Gallery hours: 12–6pm, Thursday–Saturday.




WE at Catalyst Arts.



WE is a group exhibition featuring selected works by local, national and international artists that explore issues surrounding identity through various mediums.

Featuring Artists: Craig Cox | Kevin Gaffney | Cecilia Giménez ® | Anthony Luvera | Brian J Morrison | Artur Zmijewski

Catalyst Arts Gallery, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS. 16th November- 7th December 2012.




The Unnameable book at Dublin Art Book Fair. Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.



Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has invited 30 of the most exciting publishers of art books from around the world to take part in the second edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair. The Fair will feature Irish and internationally based art book publishers, including publishers from Germany, Norway, UK, USA, Canada, Korea and Luxembourg.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. Friday 30th November– Sunday 2nd December 2012.

The Unnameable book is available to buy online from CMBMC (Japan) and Good Press (Glasgow)




VISIO- European Workshop on Artists' Cinema.



Kevin Gaffney has been selected, and awarded the OPINIONCIATTI Scholarship, to participate in the VISIO- European Workshop on Artists' Cinema, at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, Florence. 21st- 25th November 2012.

VISIO consists of a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists who use cinema in their artistic practice. The Workshop will be held in Florence, within the context of the 5th Edition of Lo Schermo dell'Arte Film Festival (21-25 November 2012). The participants are 15 young Italian and European artists who work with moving images; selected in collaboration with some of the most important European Art Academies and Schools. The Selection Committee is composed of Leonardo Bigazzi, project curator VISIO, Silvia Lucchesi, director Lo Schermo dell’Arte and Heinz Peter Schwerfel, director Kino der Kunst. More on VISIO.


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Tenderflix Film Screening.

On Tuesday 9th October, TENDERPIXEL will present two curated programmes of short films in the lower gallery.

The Unnameable will be screened as part of Programme B. Codified Space at 8pm.

TENDERPIXEL, Ten Cecil Court, London WC2N 4HE. Wednesday- Saturday, 2-6pm.




The Tokyo Art Book Fair.



The Unnameable book will be at the CMBMC book at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2012.

Address: Gaien Campus, Kyoto University of Art & Tohoku University of Art and Design, Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. 21-23 September.

More information on the Tokyo Book Fair. More information on CMBMC.






Started 2012: Residents of Startpoint at NTK Galerie, Prague.







STARTED 2012 // residents of STARTPOINT

Galerie NTK, Technická 6, Prague 6 August 21 – September 8, 2012.

Representatives from 34 European art academies from 19 countries presented their graduate work in last year's exhibition STARTPOINT at Wannieck Gallery in Brno. The awarded artists were invited to Prague for the STARTED residency programme. The results of which are now presented in a collective exhibition, with each of the residents choosing a Czech artist to be his guest in the exhibition. /




Abandon Normal Devices 2012 in Cornerhouse, Manchester.



The Unnameable will be screened as part of the Abandon Normal Devices Shorts Programme 2. Abandon Normal Devices strives to recognise experimentation across cinema, art and technology as a core concern of art-making and this expanding of possibilities forms the foundation for the 2012 festival.

AND 2012 Shorts: Programme 2. 12:00- 16:00, Saturday 1st September, Cornerhouse.

Book tickets and more info here.




Artyčok Tv interview about the Started 2012 Residency exhibition at NTK, Prague.


Interview with Kevin Gaffney, Tommy Høvik and Malthe Stigaard about their work in the Started 2012 Residency exhibtion at NTK Gallery, Prague. Each resident artist chose a Czech artist to exhibit their work alongside; Matyáš Chochola, Antonín Jirát, and Eva Jiřička

Watch the interview here.




Open Studio & Galerie NTK Exhibition:



Kevin Gaffney was awarded an Artists International Development fund from Arts Council England and the British Council to support a residency at the Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists in Prague. There will be an open studio presentation on 8th August. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of new work by the residents at the National Technical Library Gallery, opening 20th August 2012.



Open studio: Thursday 9th August, 5-8pm. No. 278, Floor 2, Bubenská 1, 170 00 Prague 7. Metro: Vltavska.

Exhibition: 21st August- 8th September. Galerie NTK, National Technical Library, Prague.





BIG SCREEN, Latitude Festival 2012.



Out Of This World, curated by Louise Colbourne, presents a selection of the surreal, abstracted, ethereal and other-worldly within moving image. From the work of older experimental film makers such as Stan Brakhage and Len Lye, through to contemporary artists such as Semiconductor, Sebastian Buerkner, Benedict Drew, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Emma Hart, Kevin Gaffney, Ian Helliwell, Oliver Bancroft, Tim Simmons and many others. More info on Big Screen.

13-15th July. Produced by Louise Colbourne with assistance from Jim Hobbs, Paul Burgess, DJ Harry K, and In association with Lux, Cine-city film festival and the Supernormal Festival.




The Athens Video Art Festival, 18-20th May 2012.




The Unnameable & The Observer & I will be showing at The Athens Video Art Festival.





The Unnameable is available as a limited edition of 200. Four colour printed, 300gsm. 25 x 15cm landscape, hardbound embossed cover with case jacket.









The Unnameable has been selected as a finalist in video art for the Arte Laguna prize exhibition, which will open on 17th March at the Arsenale, Venice. Exhibition continues until 1st April, 10am-6pm (8pm during weekends). More on Arte Laguna. Supported by Culture Ireland.





BFI's Sight & Sound magazine mention An Oral Fixation in their review of the London Short Film Festival, and the Digital Hub's article about the prize.




Kevin Gaffney received the Little White Lies Award from the 9th London Short Film Festival on 6th January at the ICA for his film An Oral Fixation. If you missed the screening, it will be shown alongside all other awarded films on 15th January as part of the Closing Night Award Ceremony. Tickets are available from the ICA.





London Short Film Festival at the ICA.



An Oral Fixation will be screened on 6th January 2012 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts as part of the London Short Film Festival. Buy tickets from the ICA here. More on the London Short Film Festival.




Startpoint Selection at GAVU Cheb Museum


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The Unnameable will be shown at the Startpoint Selection exhibition at Galerie Vytvarneho Umeni Cheb (GAVU), Czech Republic. 19th January to 25th March 2011.

More on GAVU. More on Startpoint.




The Brighton Film Festival & Cinecity will be screening The Unnameable on 30th November at the Nightingale as part of a wider programme. 7pm. Purchase tickets here.




Kevin Gaffney received an honorary mention from the Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists, leading to a residency and group show in Prague in 2012. A publication has been produced in connection with exhibition, which continues through December in Brno, Wannieck Gallery, Czech Republic. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland. More information on the prize here.






Kevin Gaffney will represent the Royal College of Art at the Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists 2011. Exhibition opens 6pm, 11th October 2011, Wannieck Gallery, Ve Vankovce 2, Brno.




The Unnameable will be exhibited in RUA RED in Ireland from 13th August - 17th September 2011, 10am-6pm. Gallery 2, RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.





Screening of two new films at the Lab followed by a discussion. The Lab, Dublin City Council. 17/8/2011, 6pm.




The Unnameable will be exhibited as part of i am not a poet at Totalkunst Gallery, as part of the Forest Festival Programme. 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh.




Kevin Gaffney & Sally-Anne Kelly have been awarded the Grand Prix at the Sapporo Biennale international art competition. they will create work in Hokkaido for presentation at the Sapporo Biennale 2014, Japan.





Hard Cover: Image Perspectives from Black Dog Publishing has been released featuring The Unnameable text and images. Hardcover also features newly commissioned writing, with essays by an impressive roster of leading academics and experts from the photography and moving-image field - including Simon Baker, Curator of Photography at Tate Modern, Olivier Richon, Professor of Photography at the RCA, and Californian-based artist and writer Leslie Dick, and is edited by internationally renowned photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. Buy from Black Dog or buy from Amazon






Kevin Gaffney at Royal College of Art graduate fine art show. Private view: June 22nd. Exhibition continues: 24 June - 3 July 2011 (closed 1 July). Testbed 1, 33 Parkgate Road, london SW11 4NP. RCA SHOW 2011.






The Unnameable will be screened at Portugal's FEST international film festival on July 30th at 22h in the experimental cinema section.



1/11/2010. The Unnameable featured in an exhibition in the Royal College of Art, London, as part of the Battle of Ideas festival on the 30th & 31st of October 2010. The exhibition was curated by David Rayson, professor and head of department, school of fine art, department of painting, Royal College of Art.