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Jackie Sumell

Jackie Sumell developed A=AGHT while artist in residence on the In Context 3 programme.


A=AGHT is a semi-utopic virtual space/town whose rules, population and culture are generated by a facilitated exchange between youth from New Orleans and Tallaght. Adult artists and cultural workers from both cities developed projects that encouraged youth participants to explore historic moments, social grievances, ethnic and racial disparities in order to invent a place of creative resolve.

A=AGHT is a concept based on creating the same sound from two entirely different spellings. This serves as the conceptual catalyst for the process of identifying and extracting commonness in seemingly different communities. NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) and Tallaght (South County Dublin).

A=AGHT was initiated in March 2008, and include an exhibition, shown at RUA RED arts centre Tallaght, and a publication in the form of a Travel Guide to the world of A=AGHT. The A=AGHT Travel Guide launches at Tallaght's The Big Picture multi-media centre on April 24 2009, at 4.00pm
The Big Picture is right by Tallaght Luas stop on the Red line.

A=AGHT was built by participants under the tutelage of Jackie Sumell and Maria Hinds, and travels between the two corresponding cities (New Orleans and Tallaght).

A=AGHT hopes to encourage young people to consider and address immediate concerns through challenging questions and projects. Participants interact with each other in a non-public forum with weekly provocations posted. The forum is mediated by lead artist Jackie Sumell and project coordinator Maria Hinds.

A=AGHT hopes to inspire other educators to develop programmes that are compelling, challenging and constructive. The complex poetics of inventing a place that exploits commonalities instead of people is inherent to the project's concept. The overall objective is to encourage young people to construct an imaginary place where the trajectories of these principles will influence the real life decisions of generations to come

Artist's Statement and Biography

As a multidisciplinary artist Jackie Sumell is inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work, both as activist and artist, attempts to unmask the common denominator of human experience that often hides behind the proverbial billboards of personal biography. Her work has been exhibited consistently in the Bay Area and in various non-profit venues throughout the US including Reed Gallery in Cincinnati and The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco. Internationally she has been included in the Axis of Good Exhibition in Lisbon Portugal, the Havana Biennale, Proyecto Circo, Cuba 2003, Kunst Lebt, Stuttgart Kunstgebaude 2006 and The Tulca Arts Festival, Galway 2006. Prior to my residency with SDCC she was in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart Germany October 2005 through August 2006.

Aware of her outsider status Jackie will attempt to understand some of the dramatic socio-political changes currently taking place in South Dublin and is approaching the In Context 3 residency from the perspective of spectator rather then critic. With the resources available through the residency she hopes to exchange commodity for community and develop an arts space which provides a Mallternative to consumerism and will also function as the introduction point of the community’s issues, ideas and concerns. Her projects are structured to cultivate ideas with community through the In Context 3 residency and will develop through time.  

For more on Jackie Sumell's work as part of In Context 3 visit the Current Projects pages

More information on Jackie can be found on her website: www.sumell.org

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