Customs House is an area of artistic research into the complexities of borders. Viewing from the map, the Irish border near to where Manorhamilton is situated is more or less invisible, interweaving unconventionally through farmland and homes causing numerous unofficial crossing points that are difficult to concretise. During the course of the residency, artist Sophie Foster visited sections of the north side of the Irish border between Belcoo and Belleek, collecting physical associations of its landscape such as water, stones, sticks and vegetation. These items have been precisely categorized through the GPS code of where they were found and organised within the exhibition space as a pop up exchange centre. They will be available to be traded with other natural items brought in by the audience members from the Irish Republic side of the border. By asking people to choose and reposition objects from bordering locations, the natural and artificial functions of the border have been reinforced, drawing attention to the socio-geographical contradictions of the current European political debate – the dividing line reflects on both sides an area of displacement and turbulent history as well as what is now an open border and freedom to cross.The artists will be available to manage the exchange of goods in the gallery, meet the public and continue the project between 1pm – 4pm weekdays and 11am-4pm on Saturdays.
Light refreshments will be served, everyone welcome.
Exhibition runs until Saturday 14th December.
Gallery opening times – 11am-4pm.
Thursday to Saturday – Doors open at front of house. Tuesday and Wednesday – Go first to central reception at the side of the building.