Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Taken from William Butler Yeats’ famous poem “Easter, 1916”, the exhibition’s title borrowed from the Irish writer’s seminal response to turn-of-the-century political events to site art’s underused potential for commenting symbolically on the world’s societal, cultural and economic triumphs and ills. The second part of the exhibition’s title underscored Dublin Contemporary 2011’s emphasis on art that captures the spirit of the time, while introducing the exhibition’s chief organizational engine: The Office of Non-Compliance.

Headed up by Dublin Contemporary 2011 lead curators Jota Castro (artist/curator) and Christian Viveros-Fauné (critic/curator), The Office of Non-Compliance aimed to function as a collaborative agency within Dublin Contemporary 2011, establishing creative solutions for real or symbolic problems that stretch the bounds of conventional art experience.