Gerard Byrne | the artist




The artist Gerard Byrne
Born 1969, Dublin, Ireland.
Lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Sydney Biennale, Venice Biennale,


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Somewhere in the labyrinthic neighbourhood between the main venues of the Biennale, Giardini and Arsenale, the Istituto Provinciale per l’Infanzia, a quite palatial former kindergarten, hosts the Irish national pavilion, presenting works by Gerard Byrne…
Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) is a visual artist working with photographic, video, and live art. In 2007 he represented Ireland in the Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work at international biennials include the biennales of Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the ICA Boston and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (both 2008), Dusseldorf Kunstverein, the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2007), the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003) and at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2002). In 2006 he was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award. He is represented in London by Lisson Gallery, in Dublin by Green on Red Gallery, and in Stockholm by Galerie Nordenhake.

…In general my work engages with ideas around the construction of history in a media constructed reality

Gerard Byrne’s work touches on questions about the way history is constructed in and through our media-dense society…
In his video installations, Gerard Byrne appears to be responding to a nostalgia for storytelling, while focusing on highly contrived forms of oral communication. Byrne attempts to recreate history using scripted re-enactments based on found texts such as advertisements and magazine features…
Gerard Byrne works primarily in film and photography, which he presents as ambitious large-scale installations, to question how images are constructed, transmitted and mediated.  Influenced by literature and theatre, Byrne’s work consistently references a range of sources, from popular magazines of the recent past to iconic modernist playwrights like Brecht, Beckett, and Sartre…


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