Three internationally celebrated artists open new exhibitions at the MAC

The MAC presents the first major solo exhibitions of three internationally acclaimed female artists.

The MAC’s three galleries will once again be transformed by LA based artist Mariah Garnett, Dublin based artist Niamh McCann and New-York based artist Helen O’Leary, as they each open their first major solo exhibition in Northern Ireland.  New painting, video and film artworks have been specifically created by the artists for the MAC galleries.

Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator the MAC, said: “This current presentation of three solo exhibitions has evolved through a series of individual conversations with each of the artists over a number of years and whilst each exhibition sit independently of each other, there are however shared underlining themes, Niamh, Helen & Mariah are all responding to existing ideas, the unravelling of histories both personal and political and the re-interpreting, re-staging or re-configuring of these ideas”.

The MAC’s Sunken Gallery on the ground floor features the work of Mariah Garnett who uses documentary, narrative and experimental film-making.   ‘Other & Father’ is a large-scale moving image that explores Garnett’s new relationship with her estranged father, who originally hails from Belfast. In this exhibition, the artist explores the ideas of representation, the construction of memory and family lore.  Garnett also examines how cities, particularly those affected by conflict, shape their own histories and identities which will particularly resonate with local visitors.

Dublin-based artist Niamh McCann’s new exhibition ‘La Perruque’ will fill the MAC’s Tall Gallery. McCann’s playful practice combines sculpture, painting and video from moments in history which she skilfully weaves together to create a personal presentation of objects, painting, installation and video.

Finally, the MAC’s Upper Gallery features the work of New York artist, Helen O’Leary. ‘The Shelf Life of Facts’ explores ideas of origin, with O’Leary drawing on her Irish background and formative years.  For this exhibition, the artist has created a series of large scale ‘history’ paintings which occupy every spare space in the vast gallery. Far from the traditional view of ‘painting’ this specially commissioned work gives life to a unique experience for visitors to the gallery.

Alongside the exhibitions is a public programme of free talks and the MAC’s well-resourced reading room, a perfect place to sit down and find out more about the exhibition.

Exhibition previews tonight from 7pm and is open seven days a week until 24 April, free to visit.  Find out more at themaclive.com