The Cottage at Knocknageeha
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11" x 14"
DescriptionDiaspora tourism is a prominent industry in southwest Ireland. I travelled there in 2017, to research a cottage in the abandoned village of Knocknageeha, in County Clare. My grandmother had previously located this site, upon which, her mother was born. The stone ruins that are so characteristic and cliché in this economically depressed rural landscape provide an embedded archive of colonial power and displacement— one that is curated, aestheticized, reproduced and commodified, for yankee travelers (diasporans of Irish descent), keen to purchase whitewashed nostalgia.
About this Artist
Paper Buck is a writer and visual artist who uses painting, printmaking, collaborative research, and organizing to amplify decolonial, anti-racist, and environmental justice movement discourses. Recent projects use cross-disciplinary and place-centered research to critically explore settler constructions of conservation, ecology, and the “American Landscape.” Paper recently received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and earned a Bachelor’s in Studio Art from Macalester College in 2008. Past activism has focused on anti-racist education, decolonial organizing, and transgender justice, and included leadership roles within the Transgender, Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project and The Catalyst Project. Paper was the former Printmaking Studio Manager at Kala Art Institute. Recent exhibitions include Counterpressures, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; To Remember and Forget, Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self-Portraiture, Brew House Association, Pittsburgh, PA; It’s A Long Story I’ll Save For Later, The Powder Room, Pittsburgh, PA; Today Descends From Yesterday, Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA;…View Full Artist Bio