Sat. 2 Jul. - Sun. 25 Sep. 2022

One Hundred Steps is a new work by internationally acclaimed artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca. The artists, who are from Brazil and Ireland respectively, have been working collaboratively since 2011. During this time, they have shown in renowned museums and galleries across the world.  At the end of June, their first major survey exhibition will launch at the New Museum in New York. The Model is delighted to bring their first black & white film, made in collaboration with musicians and dancers from Ireland, France, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to audiences in Sligo this summer.

This film references the work of Bob Quinn, an influential Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980s were dedicated to deconstructing the Eurocentric hegemony and elaborating on the role that North African cultures have played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anti-colonialist approach, Quinn’s work Atlantean remains an important historical document, and is equally relevant today as it was in the eighties.

One Hundred Steps invites the viewer to enter its narrative through two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters. The first is set at a sumptuous 17th century Anglo-Irish colonial manor of the landlord class, located in the South of Ireland, and the latter at a 19th century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the center of Marseille, in the South of France. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of a privileged history - apparent in their architecture and décor - a history now preserved as both have become museums open to the public.

As in other films by the artists, One Hundred Steps unfolds through a hybrid language located between documentary and fiction. Museum visitors transform into performers, and musical contributions act as ephemeral occupations of these loaded settings, denying a simplified binary relationship between source and extrapolation, or European and other; and pivoting the power relations of who is speaking and who must listen.

One Hundred Steps was produced by VOLTE and Wagner & de Burca. Co-commissioned by Manifesta 13 Marseille and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art. Co-financed by the Arts Council of Ireland, Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, V-A-C Foundation and Ammodo.

The Model is pleased to present One Hundred Steps as part of a national tour around Ireland, supported through an Arts Council touring grant. The first exhibition of the tour took place at Visual Carlow in March 2022. The second stop on the tour is The Model followed by the work’s Irish Cinema Premier at the Galway Film Fleadh 0n 9th July. In 2023 the film will be exhibited at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co Cork and in the Wexford Arts Centre.  The national tour of One Hundred Steps is curated and produced by Rayne Booth and Visual Centre for Contemporary Art.




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