Avril Corroon b.1991 Ireland, is a visual artist working with videos, performance and sculpture to explore situations and sites where precarious conditions under neoliberalism become hegemonic. She re-presents these examples in a humorous and satirical form. Such examples have included: a video examining the ‘Landlord’ as monster, cheese made from toxic household mould, performing on a city rooftop as the Airbnb company logo, and covertly filming staff treatment in the service industry where she works. Often, Corroon uses her own voice and body to create elaborate storytelling. Her performed role exudes bitterness unveiling the desperation of the precariat before self-reflexively examining her own implicated position as well as the art world’s in progressing these exploitative conditions. In her performances Corroon activates existing architecture as analogical of power structures. Here the act of rising up to roofs or scaling buildings are symbolic to overcoming hierarchies. Using the circumstances she finds herself in as an entry point, she seeks to interrogate the wider effects of precarity faced by many of her generation.
Corroon recently completed a residency and concluding solo presentation in The Basque Country with Bitamine Faktoria at Kutxa Kultur in Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture (2018). Recent exhibitions include: Enclave London, My Brilliant Friend at TBG+S (IRE), Fools Bells Fall at Hotel Maria Kapel (NL) (2016), Platform Arts and Catalyst Arts in Belfast, solo presentations at TBG+S Balcony,(2017) JUST DO IT at Ormond Studios (IRE). In 2015 she was awarded prestigious 2016 Recent Graduate Award year long residency at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin. She has participated on residencies at Hotel Maria Kapel (NE), Fire Station Artists Studios and Ormond Studios (IRE). This year she has performed at the Old Operating Theatre and been screened at Seventeen gallery in London. In 2015, at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin she was shortlisted for the Irish Emerging Moving Image Artist Award with Lux’ Plastik festival. This year she will exhibit her first institutional solo show at the Lab Gallery in Dublin.