Void Visionaries presented their first group exhibition MMXXI in the Void Engage space in February 2022.
MMXXI brought together the work of fourteen young artists and Void Visionaries group members. The exhibition title referenced the Roman numerical system, translating to ‘2021’. Roman numerals are present in everyday life in a range of different ways, featuring on headstones, to titles of films, to given names; often marking a time of significance.
Across a range of different media, the work on display was anchored by experiences of everyday life during the year of 2021. Displayed together, the works formed a discussion around the different ways the artists have perceived the past year and what it meant to them, emphasising the unifying qualities of visual art.
With each artist approaching art as a way to document daily observations, the exhibition became a collective visual diary of 2021, creating a multi-perspective view of the year as we continued to pave our way through living with the pandemic. The works mark this very particular time in history.
Through reflections on continued lockdowns, special places and people, daily encounters, pastimes and experiences, social and political affairs and mindset, the works invited the viewers to question how they felt in 2021 and to reflect on their own experiences and observations.
Artists: Cara Canning, Cara Cummins, Robbie Doherty, Alice Dysart, Luke Kelly, Matthew Macdonald, Isabelle McKenzie, Jack McSparron, Daria O’Donghaile, Agnieszka Plata, Patrick Smith, Shay Taylor, Catherine Ward and Lucy Young.