Sneem Tidy Towns / Sneem Co-op
Press Release, 20.05.2014.
HERE IN PARADISE
Sneem on the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way: Paradise starts here.
Here in Paradise is a public space exhibition by conceptual German artist Jochen Gerz, internationally known for his collaborative works on memory in France, Germany, England, Italy, Ireland and Austria. www.jochengerz.eu
Here in Paradise takes place in Sneem’s Sculpture Gardens. The village is unique in as far as it features contemporary art in public space offered to a small community by heads of states, parliaments and private donors. Whatever the reasons for its attraction, no place as small as Sneem shows the depth of migration and interchange in the European Union better. Half of its population is made up of blow-ins, as the Irish call residents from abroad. “The beautiful destination” mirrors and attracts the diversity of its visitors. The reasons are not as much the sculptures as the people of Sneem: they are speaking sculptures indeed.
Gerz asked forty people who live or work in Sneem to respond to one of three questions: “What would you wish for the future of Cul Fadda (Sneem’s ghost estate) … what would you wish for Ireland … what would you wish for Europe?” Their answers and their photographic portraits, taken by well-known landscape photographer Peter Zoeller, present a self-portrait of the village. Here in Paradise offers a surprising and often courageous insight into the realities and the visions of contemporary people living, often by choice far from the cities “in a dream”.
Here in Paradise is commissioned by Sneem Tidy Towns and supported by the French and German Embassies, the Goethe-Institut in Dublin and Kerry County Council.
Thank you for mentioning the artist website: www.jochengerz.eu.
Artist: Jochen Gerz
Title: Here in Paradise, 2014
Location: Sneem, Co Kerry, Ireland
Copyright: © Jochen Gerz, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Image courtesy: Gerz studio
Photographer Credit: Portraits: Peter Zoeller, Sneem; Photos on site: Alan Landers, Cahersiveen