Sue Dolan, a mala nada na lama, Student of the Year Exhibition

7th – 23rd February 2019


Each year,  the Lavit Gallery awards a Student of the Year to a Crawford College of Art and Design graduate whose work was exemplary.

At the 2018 degree show, we selected Sue Dolan. for her work ‘a mala nada na lama’.

There is no such thing as tenancy when one’s inherent rights of ownership are treated as a sport by those in power. This work looks at the liminal space between both home and body displacement and reimagines the notion of championship as revolt.

Titled a mala nada na lama, Sue Dolan’s work merges video and installation while investigating a ‘wait’ stage and considers how this period of waywardness may impact the stability of one’s sense of identity. The work also confronts the question of whether the response itself may be as landless as those in the throes of a threshold.

a mala nada na lama is a reaction to a case study of documented resistance to the displacement of a community in Rio de Janeiro due to the 2016 Olympic Games and draws transcultural parallels with women’s rights in Ireland in 2018.

This award winning work saw Dolan being named the Lavit Gallery Student of the Year in 2018 and also won the RDS Special Award at the RDS Visual Arts Awards 2018.The Lavit Gallery will  host an extended version of this work with added video and photography and will run from Thursday 7th February until Saturday 23rd February 2019.