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'We wanted to provide migrant and culturally diverse artists in Ireland with an opportunity to collaborate and exhibit'

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Monika Sapielak, Artistic Director of the Centre For Creative Practices

Monika Sapielak, Artistic Director of the Centre For Creative Practices

Monika Sapielak, Artistic Director of the Centre For Creative Practices

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Kilbride based 'Centre for Creative Practises' has launched a diversity series celebrating the work of migrant and culturally diverse artists living in Ireland.

The new online series is called 'Against the Odds2' and is part of the Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) annual New Voices of Ireland series. Now in its eight-year, the New Voices of Ireland Series is an annual project that provides a platform for migrant and culturally diverse artists to present their work to the wider community. The initiative is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

The award-winning CFCP is a not for profit organisation is dedicated to connecting, integrating, and promoting migrant and culturally diverse artists and inter-cultural arts practices in Ireland, having been established in 2009.

The final projects which include film, poetry, visual art, performance and music will be premièred weekly, up until April 1, via the Centre's Youtube channel, having started on February 11. Following each première, a public questions and answers session will take place with the artists through Zoom.

Monika Sapielak, the project's curator and Artistic Director of the Centre For Creative Practices, said: 'Despite the lockdown and the adverse conditions in 2020, we wanted to provide migrant and culturally diverse artists in Ireland with an opportunity to collaborate and exhibit during these extraordinary times.

'This year we have selected 17 artists who we felt displayed excellence in their chosen field. The artists worked in small groups over the course of a few months through zoom. Every year, the New Voices of Ireland Series is a major celebration of the diversity within the artistic community of Ireland, and we are delighted with the high quality of works that have been produced for Against the Odds.'

17 artists will features as part of the series. Mirjana Rendulic is a writer, drama facilitator and a performance artist originally from Croatia. As part of the exhibition, Rendulic is presenting a video piece which explores the theme of fatherhood.

Roxana Manouchehri is a professional visual artist based in Dublin and originally from Iran. She holds a MFA in fine art from the Tehran University of Art. As part of the exhibition, Manouchehri has created a video piece with artist Tag Beckett which reveals the process behind both of their studio practices.

Nkosikhona Ngcobo is an artist and social activist originally from South Africa. Ngcobo has collaborated with artist Irina Maldea on a video piece which explores themes of identity and migration.

Tag Beckett is an Irish artist based in Dublin. He has collaborated with Roxana Manouchehri on a video piece which opens up their studios to the public and reveals the process behind their art-making.

Zarah Khan, is a young artist, born in Ireland to Afghan-Pakistani parents. Zarah has created a video piece which reflects upon her relationship with her mother and the witch in Pakistani mythology.

Viviana Fiorentino is an Italian poet based in Belfast where she teaches Italian literature. She has collaborated with Artist Csilla Toldy to create a video poem. The piece is a dialogue between two poets interspersed with poetry reading in Italian, Hungarian and English on the themes of belonging and borders.

Csilla Toldy is a poet and short fiction writer from Hungry and she collaborated with Italian poet Viviana Fiorentino to create a video poem.

Gboyega Akerele, a multi-instrumentalist music producer from Nigeria, is the founder of Colours Afrobeat a 12-piece band considered Ireland's first and foremost multicultural Afrobeat band. Gboyega has composed a soundtrack called "ASHE'' meaning "AMEN - good wishes for our journey in life".

Iordanis Sidiropoulos is a multi-instrumental musician and composer originally from Greece. As part of the Against the Odds exhibition, Sidiropoulos collaborated with artist Nasrin Golden whereby they have both created art pieces inspired by each other's work.

Nasrin Golden is an Iranian visual artist based in Ireland. Golden is interested in women's issues including repressed femininity and identity. Golden has created a painting titled "Tree of Life".

Imogen-Blue Hinojosa is a performance artist originally from Texas. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London. She draws upon her experience as a Latinx Trans woman, exploring modes of normalising public conversation around trauma, specifically as it relates to trans identity.

Samantha Brown is a photographer and visual artist born in London in 1968 and currently residing in Ireland. As part of the exhibition, Brown has collaborated with Afrobeat musician Gboyega Akerele.

Leia Mocan is a multimedia artist and activist originally from Romania. She has created a video piece that interweaves witness testimonials and found historical footage that recalls the unique historical events of 1980's Communist Romania.

Diviane Helena is a dancer and multidisciplinary artist originally from Brazil. As part of the Against the Odds exhibition, Helena collaborated with Irish visual artist Barbara O'Meara creating a series of videos inspired by their meetings.

Irina Maldea is a film director and editor originally from Romania. Her works span a variety of roles and genres. Irina has collaborated with artist Nkosikhona Ngcobo on a video piece which explores themes of identity and migration.

Chinedum Muotto is completing M.A. in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies at UCD and is originally from Nigeria. Chinedum has created a spoken word video piece that explores notions and relations of being fathered as well as the love, loss, empathy and tragedy amongst other feelings associated with fatherhood.

Barbara O'Meara is a professional visual artist who holds a B.A. Degree in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design.

She collaborated with artist Divine Helena on a collection of videos about ancestry, femininity and traditional sacred rituals from Ireland and Brazil.


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