Andrew Duggan is Irish artist and educator whose video works, installations, curatorial projects and writings explore the complex relationships between self, sexuality, place and artefact. The dominant elements in his works are: deconstruction, repetition, recall and transference, which are used to create multiple connections between constructed or imagined bodies and spaces, trace histories and critical theory.
Primarily working collaboratively, Duggan works with a wide range of groups and individuals from refugees and asylum seekers to professional actors and dancers. Together they explore the paradigms that underpin western cultural values and power structures. His work has featured Jazmin Chiodi and Alex Iseli, Cindy Cummings, Paul Galvin, Olwen Fouéré and members the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.
Greatly influenced by the writings of Siri Hustvedt, Paulo Freire, Paul Virilio, Susan Sontag, Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, Andrew works predominantly outside traditional art contexts selecting spaces for their social, historical and architectural resonance; he has created installations in handball alleys, war memorials, video projections in disused creameries, dug holes in NAMA properties and made video pieces in previously used film locations and pre abandoned housing estates.
Andrew Duggan's work and projects have been part of Culture Ireland's numerous international programmes: I am Ireland, the 2016 International Centenary Programme, EU2013, Ireland's International Cultural Programme and Imagine Ireland, a programme of Art in America in 2011. He was the first Irish artist to be awarded the Arts Council of Ireland's Location One Fellowship in New York City and since then has presented work in Philadelphia, Lithuanian, Brussels, Los Angeles and New York.
For the last number of years he has been leading projects which create intersections between peripheral geographies and state art collections. These projects have led to new lens based works by a disparate yet connected group of artists who choose to position themselves and their practice in remote geographies. The commissioned works have interrogated existing artworks held at The National Gallery, the National Photographic Archive and the Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane. The works have been presented as public outdoor projections onto the buildings which house the collections and also travelled to the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels
Born in Cork and raised in Dublin, Duggan lives on the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland with photographer and ethnographer Siobhán Dempsey and their three children Oisín, Isolde and Jude. He studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, under Jo Allen; at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, under Dorothy Cross and Willie Doherty; Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam and at the University of Ulster, Belfast, under Moire McIvor.
Andrew Duggan is currently researching, writing and developing work on masculinity deconstructed for 2018/9