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Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Emily Waszak—The Land and Others, Including the Dead, the first exhibition of our 2024 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

The Land and Others, Including the Dead is a site-specific installation that deals with grief, loss and the ritual vernacular architecture that embeds it in the landscape. This work reflects on soft power and the role of ritual as care. Viewing ritual as a form of mutual aid that exists outside hierarchical institutional structures, the exhibition seeks to reclaim ritual as a counter to the destructive power of racial capitalism.

Inspired by grottos, shrines and other folk ritual interventions created and maintained by local communities in Japan and Ireland, the interaction of hard and soft ritual object forms in the exhibition points to the community care embodied in ritual practice, recasting the soft as strong and protective, feminine and queer. Woven thresholds hang in the space, serving as frames through which to view moving image works. Found materials and objects collected from the Irish landscape, both rural and urban, help create a narrative that grounds and situates the audience in this ritualised space.


Emily Waszak is a Donegal-based visual artist. With a background in industrial weaving, her textile, sculpture and installation work has been exhibited in Ireland and internationally, including most recently at IMMA as part of the RDS Visual Art Awards. Recent solo exhibitions include: Grief Weaving, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny; Shadow and Fold, Arts Itoya, Japan; To Guide Shadows, Old Church Grangegorman, Dublin. Waszak is the recipient of the Arts Council's Visual Arts Bursary in 2020, 2022, 2023 and the Donegal County Council's Artist Bursary in 2022 and 2023. In 2022 Waszak was Artist in Residence at DCU. She was awarded the Artist in the Community Award in 2016 and 2021 from the Arts Council and Create. Waszak also received the Arts Council's Agility Award in 2021. She is a member of Praxis artist union.

Emily Waszak—The Land and Others, Including the Dead
Image: Still from Shinbutsu-shuugou, film ,2024.

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