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  • Bedford Row was named after John Russell, the Duke of Bedford, who was appointed the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1756.
  • This site was one of 19 venues for the 26th edition of EVA in 2002, curated by Apinan Poshyananda (b. 1956, Thailand) and titled heroes + holies.
  • On 16 March 2002, in the window of a shop on this street called No Name, Áine Phillips (b. 1965, Ireland) presented a three-hour performance titled Immaculate Make-Over (2002), which was recorded and subsequently screened at Limerick City Gallery of Art.
  • The work involved the artist applying layers of cosmetics to her face to the point of excess. Typically an act of beautification, the act of applying make-up became a disorderly act of grotesque transformation. Like much of Phillips’ work, Immaculate Make-Over was a critical response to the conventions of female beauty and the objectification of women in modern consumerist society.

Artwork presented at this venue

Áine Phillips, Immaculate Make-Over, 2002.