Michael McLaughlin (Ireland)

Since the mid-1990s Michael McLoughlin has consistently developed and presented new ways of making contemporary artwork in social contexts. Within the last 2 years alone he has made site specific audio work in Limerick (Cumann: An Audio Map of Limerick, Limerick City Gallery of Art 2016), Drogheda (Cumann, Droichead Art Centre, 2016& as part of Beyond the Pale, Highlanes 2016) and in Dublin (Rest Here, UCD Sutherland School of Law 2017& Ocean Wonder Resort Revelations, Portrane 2017). His artists book of drawings, “I am here because I know you will be too” was published by Dublin City Council in 2014. Michael McLoughlin has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. In 2017 he participated in Curating the Social: Meet me in the empty center at PRAKSIS Oslo, Norway. He was also UCD College of Social Science & Law Artist in Residence in 2015, where he has since begun a critical social and institutional analysis of ethics, art-making and knowledge production in social arts practice in the School of Sociology. Since 2017 he has been Artist in Residency at Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown where he recently exhibited a major new body of work from a 3 year project entitled Mulhuddart Satellite (2018). He has upcoming exhibitions in Cali, Columbia (Museo La Tertulia) and in Sligo, Ireland (The Model).

While at Rucka, Michael was working on sound installation, which tells the story of people who died during the repressions of Soviet times. During his residency he made more than 500 sound recordings of the names of people from Cesis who died during the repressions. These recordings will form the basis of the sound installation, which will be opened in spring 2020 in the yard of the ex-KGB building in Cesis.

To read more about the artist please visit www.mmcloughlin.org