Orla Barry

0rla Barry (Ireland, 1969) lives and works in Brussels and Wexford. Orla Barry's work is about language, both written and spoken. Visual deconstruction and displacement of language stands central in her work; via frequently associative techniques, she researches the semantics of her mother tongue and its cultural imbedding and implications. Her work is strongly poetic and lyrical, crossing a wide variety of media, evoking non-linear narratives, undercurrents of emotion and drawing on Irish disciplines of poetry and song. She works in many forms, including video, text, sound, and photographic installations.
She has recently had large solo shows of her work at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, SMAK Ghent, Camden Arts Centre London and W139 Amsterdam. She has also recently had performances at Tate Modern, London, STUK Leuven, De Appel, Amsterdam. She has also taken part in Manifesta 2 and in group shows such as Sense and Sensibility in Sao Paulo, Some Parts of this World in Helsinki. She has been awarded the prize of the Palais de Beaux Arts in the ‘Prix de la Jeune Peinture Belge’ in 2003. She set up Firefly with Els Dietvorst in 1999.