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Pauline Cummins (Ireland) is an artist whose work explores the human condition from a feminist perspective. Her interest lies in performance and video work where she examines identity, gender and socio-cultural relations connected to different communities in the society. Her examination of locations questions how the self is constituted and how people act within a group either chosen or determined in social situations such as work, education, leisure time “social activities” or the basic structure of the family.
She was the first visual artist to work with prisoners in Mountjoy’s Women’s Prison in a scheme initiated by the Dept. Of Justice and the Irish Arts Council in 1986. She has had video installations commissioned for the Neo-natal unit, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, 1995 and with Firestation artist’s studios for ‘Inner Art’ where her video installations were shown in Confession Boxes 1997. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the
permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
She recently co-curated the exhibition Locus Suspectus — the hidden comes to light, with Canadian artist Sandra Vida , which showed Irish and Canadian performance based video work.
She co-curated Terms & Conditions — video and performance work 2007 with artist Aideen Barry, for the Mermaid Art Centre, Co. Wicklow. She will be part of the exhibition CHAOS at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada in September 2010.