Moran Been-noon – ‘Here Nor There’

We are excited to see our own Moran Been-noon – ‘Here Nor There’ exhibition open at South Tipperary Arts Centre. This exhibition invites us to consider the connection between ethnicity and one’s ability to belong. The exhibition runs from 28th¬†October – 2nd December. For more visit https://www.southtippartscentre.ie/events/moran-been-noon

This exhibition invites us to reflect on the connection between ethnicity and our own ability to belong. The artwork is a collection of the artist’s digital and physical thought experiments that respond to familiar concepts of settling down and feeling at home: putting down roots, building a nest, and understanding one’s place through the embodiment of objects and actions found in family stories, materials, and objects. These experiments of belonging are conducted in the context of life as an outsider, remaining unsettled, being neither here nor there.

Mixing moving image and audio pieces with objects that symbolise fragments of the artist’s ethnic identity, the artwork encourages to perceive ethnicity as a multi-layered and intricate theme, and within this, consider the complexities of contemporary Irish identity.

While the exhibited artworks use places connected to the artist’s ethnicity like Bulgaria, Israel, and Ireland, the work in the STAC Chapel art lab, which will be open at various points throughout the exhibition, will allow people to creatively respond to the gap between our concept of a place through folkloric knowledge and its actual reality, connecting diasporic and migration histories with those of local knowledge and sense of place.

Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based visual artist and independent curator. She predominantly makes moving image installations, using animation, archived material, and non-traditional projections. Her work explores post-migration living and using her own identity and lived experience, how compound ethnicities influence one’s sense of belonging. The work incorporates studies of the body’s engagement with ideas of place, culture, and society. She is interested in the relationship between folkloric places (real or imagined) and the self (foreign or local).¬†

Original music for this exhibition composed by Dave Murphy.

The development and production of this exhibition were kindly supported by the Arts Council Ireland and by Tog Hackerspace and its members