The Third Ireland’s Eye in Jakarta

An Exhibition of New Art from Ireland

The Embassy of Ireland to Indonesia is delighted to introduce “Ireland’s Eye 2024,” the third installment in a series spotlighting the talents of Irish artists. Serving as a testament to the burgeoning impact of Ireland’s contemporary art scene worldwide, this exhibition will grace the lobby of World Trade Centre 2, Central Jakarta from 18 March to 12 April 2024, welcoming visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Embassy of Ireland to Indonesia is pivotal in this cultural celebration, aligning it with the annual St. Patrick’s festivities in Jakarta. This unique collaboration extends beyond the capital city, as the exhibition journeys to Surabaya, East Java, captivating audiences and showcasing the universal appeal of these Irish artists.

Developed by ISA Art and Design in Jakarta, this exhibition is a testament to the diverse artistic expressions it showcases. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland for Indonesia and PT Jakarta Land, this collaborative effort is coordinated and curated by Mark Joyce, an Irish artist and lecturer. His involvement adds depth to the exhibition, fostering a harmonious dialogue between the cultural nuances of Ireland and Indonesia.

Five emergent artists based in Ireland, Patryk Gizicki, Katerina Gribkoff, Ethan McGarry, Asha Murray and Jan O’ Connell explore questions of environment, globalisation, social inequality and rapid technological change. These emerging artists cast a critical eye on the world around them, employing an interdisciplinary approach to create works that resonate with the intricacies of our interconnected yet polarized global community.

As Ireland undergoes a rapid generational shift, and its young and emergent artists are remixing the distinctive cultural traditions and expression of the island in new forms —bringing them to international audiences through Music, Dance, Art, Literature, and Film—the artistic landscape is evolving. In this transformative journey, these five artists stand as exemplars of the tremendous power of creativity in a society in flux.

This evolution in the artistic and cultural landscape is not unique to Ireland alone but is part of a global phenomenon. Countries worldwide, Indonesia included, are navigating shifts in demographics, urbanization, technological advancements, and evolving cultural attitudes. These multifaceted changes contribute to a broader transformation in societal structures and values, impacting different generations in diverse ways.

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