As part of the Staff Open Call 2024, the NCAD Gallery presents BORDER/RIVER/MOVER/BREATHER, a short-run programme of events with invited artist Nicole Antebi (US) comprising artist talks, installation works and a workshop, organised by Chloe Brenan (NCAD) and Éireann Lorsung (UCD).

Tuesday 7 May 2024
6PM—7PM: Nicole Antebi Artist Public Lecture
. All are welcome to attend, no booking required. Location: NCAD HCLT (Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre).
9.30AM: Introduction of Nicole Antebi to NCAD and UCD Students. * Internal event - closed to public audiences.
10.00AM—1.00PM: Workshop with Nicole Antebi on Performative Animation. * Internal event - closed to public audiences. Location: MA Art and Social Action space.
Wednesday 8 May 2024
12.30PM—1:15PM: Public Screening
 of '100 Partially Obscured Views / 100 Vistas Parcialmente Oscurecidas', 2019, (17 minutes) by Nicole Antebi with Q&A. All are welcome to attend, no booking required. Location: NCAD HCLT (Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre).
Thursday 9 May 2024 
Time: To Be Confirmed ~ Artist In Conversation with Q & A: Nicole Antebi in conversation with Chloe Brenan (NCAD) and Éireann Lorsung (UCD). Location: School of English, Drama and Film, UCD. All are welcome to attend, no booking required.


Filmmaker Nicole Antebi describes her practice as interdisciplinary, primarily working through the mediums of animation, text-based sculpture and installation. Thematically, the foundation and core of her work is grounded in the centring of a biographical identity with visual aspects of self-portraiture—closely linked to heritage, legacy and contemporary complexities surrounding the movement of people.

Raised on the Mexico/United States borderlands of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Antebi’s research tracing colonial treaties and policies is central to her understanding of the contemporary moment. Her family history, too, is a history of borders: the name Antebi is derived from the place name Aintab (Gaziantep), a Turkish border city close to Aleppo in Northern Syria. Informed by close readings of the work of scholar Gloria Anzaldúa, Antebi notes that her own name is a "borderism".

As part of the BORDER/RIVER/MOVER/BREATHER programme, NCAD will screen the work '100 Partially Obscured Views / 100 Vistas Parcialmente Oscurecidas', 2019. In the film, Antebi applies pictorially recurrent thematic devices such as landscape, location and boundaries—specifically, depicting her upbringing on the banks of the Rio Grande / Rio Bravo river—actioning the wider themes of the role of language in place-making, power relations and meaning-making.

Artist Information
Nicole Antebi (she/her) is an animator and sculptor who makes things that move, loop, and sometimes hold. She came of age on the northwest bank of the Rio Grande/Río Bravo on the El Paso/Juárez border. The importance of movement as it concerns the dignity of people and rivers was a formative part of her childhood and the foundation of the work she does today. She is an assistant professor of Illustration and Animation at The University of Arizona and previously taught at CUNY Queens College, SUNY Albany, in 2019 she was a visiting professor at la Universidad de las Américas, Puebla.

Organisers' Information
Chloe Brenan is an artist from rural County Carlow. Her work is informed by feminist and new materialist epistemologies and involves close and careful examinations of the poetic haptics of daily life and processes on the edge of perception that call into question boundaries between bodies, environments, intimate spaces and wider structures of power. She teaches in the Department of Sculpture and Expanded Practice.
Éireann Lorsung is the author of The Century, winner of the 2021 Maine Literary Award, as well as two previous collections of poems: Her book and Music for Landing Planes By, which was named a New and Noteworthy collection by Poets & Writers. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, a PhD in Critical Theory from the University of Nottingham, and a Certificate in Art. Lorsung is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor at University College Dublin, School of English, Drama and Film.
NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin D07K521, Ireland. 
Curator, Anne Kelly.

Image credit: Gestures for a Plague Season or Goodby Earthworks, 2020, Nicole Antebi.

BORDER/RIVER/MOVER/BREATHER | Nicole Antebi is jointly supported by NCAD and UCD.

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