Intervention | Kira O' Reilly: I came to the sea and I was scared. My heart is broken


  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece

Kira O’Reilly, visual artist (1967),
Ireland
I came to the sea and I was scared. My heart is broken

Words of a fisherman who found the bodies of young refugees on the beaches of Greece flood this work by Kira O’Reilly, that speaks of loss, decay and despair. Words carried away by the sea to become inarticulate sounds, nonsense. The artist uses materials that spoil and decompose, such as copper that reacts with salt and water to become green — verdigris. The first version of this work was performed here in Athens last year at BIOS (as part of Love Letter to a (Post)-Europe, curated by Lisa Alexander), performed by Vassiliki Dimou, then by Kira O’Reilly at the Dublin Live Art Festival in November 2015; it now returns again to Athens.