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Deniz Üster, We All Live on the Same Sea

This exhibition aims to explore the notion of sea and its role as a connecting force between places either through travels in the form of immigration, vacation, commerce and adventure, or through other movements within or even beneath the sea.

“We All Live on the Same Sea” is a group exhibition that takes place at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Ireland between the dates 13 September–12 October 2014. Curated by Rana Öztürk, the exhibition gets its inspiration from the seaside location of Sirius Arts Centre on the banks of Cork Harbour. SAHA provided production support for the exhibition. 

Contrary to the general association of the sea with separation, distant lands, and the idea of other shores beyond the horizon, this exhibition seeks to view the sea as a vehicle for unification rather than separation. The vast fluid physicality of the sea surrounds all lands dissolving rather than creating borders. Historically the sea has played a major part in the construction of personal and collective imaginings of a given place through the circulation of stories and memories in and about that place. While  conventional sea traffic continues an old tradition of travels and narrative possibilities concerning distant places, in this period of globalization and digitalisation, even the sea floor facilitates greater connectivity through transoceanic submarine  networks that allow instant communication. In this context, this exhibition aims to explore the notion of sea and its role as a connecting force between places either through travels in the form of immigration, vacation, commerce and adventure, or through other movements within or even beneath the sea.

Participating artists: David Farrell, Margaret Fitzgibbon, Mark Garry, Cliona Harmey, Gülsün Karamustafa, Fiona Marron, Paid Murphy & Sean Carpio, Tayfun Serttaş, and Deniz Üster.

About Sirius Arts Centre

Sirius Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary non-profit centre for the arts located in Cork County in Ireland. Founded in 1988, Sirius is dedicated to facilitating artistic expression in Ireland. Their yearly programming raises artistic awareness, provides opportunities for participation in and enjoyment of the arts, this is achieved through visual arts exhibitions, an artists-in-residence programme, music concerts and community engagement programmes. The Sirius Arts Centre's building, formerly the Royal Cork Yacht Club, provides the organization with a unique environment, and revitalizes an important architectural gem on the banks of Cork Harbour.