Jesse Jones takes the law into her own hands
Jesse Jones is a professional artist, an academic, and a vital figure on the international arts scene. Proficient, purposeful and widely accomplished, the Dublin-born creator, who holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin, and is known for her powerful film and performance installations, will represent Ireland at the prestigious 57th Venice Biennale.
In May of 2017, she will head to the Floating City with her collaborators, actress Olwen Fouéré and visual arts curator Tessa Giblin, to present Tremble, Tremble (Tremate, Tremate), an alternate look at State law that asks just how much of it is performance, more susceptible to intervention than perhaps we realise.
At the heart of Jones’ practice is her interest in articulating the hidden currents of dissent beneath the seemingly calm surface, both retrospectively throughout history, but also in relation to the current moment.
Inspired by Italy’s Wages for Housework campaign of the 1970s, which saw disenchanted women repeating the phrase “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”, the title of Jones’ new work draws provocative parallels between crucial clashes of social conscience and the supposedly static face of the law.
It reintroduces the witch as an archetype of feminine influence - wielding an easy power over the seemingly immutable - and explores the concept of a national legislative body that is both uniform and pliant - flexible to the will of the people.
Tremble, Tremble will open in the Irish Pavilion in the Arsenale of La Biennale di Venezia on 13 May until 26 November 2017. Irish artists continue to feature strongly at one of the world’s most important global visual arts showcase, garnering critical acclaim, special commissions and significant touring opportunities for their work. Previous artists who represented Ireland at Venice in recent years include Sean Lynch (2015), Richard Mosse (2013), Corban Walker (2011) and Sarah Browne and Gareth Kennedy (2009).
Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council. It is produced by Project Arts Centre, Dublin with sponsorship from Dublin Port Company, and enjoys the partnerships of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire.