Jennie Guy


Gracelands 2009

Gracelands presented an outdoor day-into-evening programme of screenings of artists’ film and video, readings, live performance and sculpture, including several new commissions. The main event took place in an intimate festive atmosphere in an unspoilt field below the Mimetic House, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim on Saturday, September 26th. All welcome, admission free.

Gracelands 2009 considered Folly; foolishness or acts of madness, ornamental buildings designed as conversation pieces or theatrical sketches and songs. In doing so, it looks at the norms of what may be regarded as ‘constructive’ or ‘useful’. All kinds of follies are presented as propositions and occupations designed to show up the destructive or stultifying effects of more conventional behaviours and to suggest that overreaching and the ethics of making unlikely things can have a rehabilitative effect.

Curated by Vaari Claffey
Assistant Curator: Jennie Guy


Carlos Amorales / James Lee Byars / Les Blank / Karl Burke / Jimmie Durham / Factotum / Seamus Harahan / Pil and Galia Kollectiv / Oleg Kulik / Ronan McCrea / Alexsandra Mir / RW Paul / Wilhelm Sasnel / Bernard Smyth / Lili Dujourie (in Dromahair Village)

Sculpture / Installation

Gerard Byrne / Nina Canell / Declan Clarke / Sam Keogh / Bea McMahon / Dennis McNulty / Isabel Nolan / Grace Weir / Walker and Walker

Pre-loved heat exchange units: Rhona Byrne.

Live Presentations

Stephen Brandes (Domestic Godless) / Feint /Alice Rekab / Georgina Jackson / Mark Garry / Walker and Walker / economicthoughtprojects / The Wonky Choir (with reluctant conductor Jaki Irvine) / Swintak (courtesy Reverse Pedagogy) / Dominic Stevens


Jessica Foley / Bea McMahon / Sarah Hurl / Sarah Pierce / Padraic Moore


Folly featured work from the collection of M HKA, Antwerp.
Gracelands was produced in association with The Model, Sligo.