For this exhibition, visual artist Kerry Guinan presents the art style ‘relational socialist realism,’ which has been a year in development with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland’s Next Generation Award 2018
. Guinan is proposing relational socialist realism as a contemporary style that recognizes the economics of social relations, the socialist potential of these relations, and the manner in which capitalism obscures this potential from view. Cues from orthodox socialist realism and contemporary relational aesthetics are merged, perhaps contentiously, to offer an ideological art strategy for the 21st century. The resulting three-part series of ambitious works engages workers from across the world in an incriminating critique of globalized capitalism and the uncertain role of contemporary art within it.