I Never Promised You A Dystopia Virtual Event: Jesse Jones in Conversation with Annie Jael Kwan

Join artist Jesse Jones and Annie Jael Kwan, independent curator and researcher, in conversation in this virtual event as part of the Public Engagement Programming for I Never Promised You a Dystopia curated by Aoife Banks for Kilkenny Arts Office Emerging Curator in Residence Programme 2021. 

Jesse Jones is a Dublin-based artist. Her practice crosses the media of film, performance and installation. Often working through collaborative structures, she explores how historical instances of communal culture may hold resonance in our current social and political experiences. Jones’ practice is multi-platform, working in film installation, performance and sculpture. Her recent work proposes a re-imagining of the relationship between the Law and the body through speculative feminism.

Using a form of expanded cinema she explores magical counter-narratives to the State drawn from suppressed archetypes and myth. Major public commissions include, in the Shadow of the State with Sarah Browne co-commissioned by Create, Artangel and ART: 2016

She represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2017 with the project ” Tremble Tremble” who’s title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”.

Recent solo exhibitions include, Guggenheim  Bilbao, Samstag Adelaide, Talbot Rice gallery Edinburgh, Project Arts Centre, ICA Singapore and an upcoming  solo presentation at Guggenheim Bilbao. Future projects include a five year commission for kunsthalle Gent, The Magdalen project at Rua Red in 2022.  Her teaching practice runs parallel to her work as an artist, this practice is based on Sherkin Island Cork as a lecturer for TU Dublin School of Creative Arts.


I Never Promised You a Dystopia is a virtual group exhibition accessible online from the 6th – 19th Dec that explores speculative futurisms with a focus on queer, feminist, and anti-capitalist ideologies. This exhibition features work by Bassam Al-Sabah, Kevin Gaffney, Jesse Jones, Vera Klute, and Doireann O’Malley.

For more information on I Never Promised You a Dystopia please click here.

This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the works featured are from their Collection.

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