David Ian Bickley + Hina Khan
Audio-Visual Artist + Visual Artist
David is an audio-visual artist based in Cork for the last 25 years and Hina is a visual artist of Pakistani heritage who came to Ireland as a refugee. Both David’s and Hina’s work has a history of addressing themes of liminality, borders, landscape, and cultural identity, and when the two met while in residence at Uillinn they formed the basis of this project.
This is a recent body of work commissioned by Cork County Council under the Creative Ireland scheme. This project explores ideas of liminality with reference to borders both within landscape & cultural identity. Taking a salt marsh in West Cork, as core location the artists commissioned local inventor Elgin Loane to take some exploratory aerial shots of the marsh. These bear a remarkable resemblance to satellite images of the Pakistan / Indian borderwhich has featured in much of Hina’s work. Hina drew some ideas around these and David developed someanimations and video art / sound design. The idea of this project is to develop these themes to produce animmersive installation that explores themes of belonging, identity and geographical borders. The marsh itself is atruly liminal space, it exists between the sea and the land, much as migrants do, and using this as a canvas on which to draw connective lines of community.