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Gareth Kennedy’s work is invested in a socially engaged practice which addresses specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within located contexts.
Over the last few years, he has been developing an ethnographical approach as an operational aesthetic within specific locales to generate “folk fictions”. These works draw on the particular social, cultural and economic history of a people and a place to craft work that is a meaningful composite of these histories. This work is then enacted locally by and for that place to generate contemporary significance.
With this aim, Kennedy focuses on the creation of new collective rituals starting from a deep dialogue with local communities and researching on territories and their traditions. This method has entailed working with such diverse professionals as archeologists, anthropologists, film archivists, museum directors, folklorists and scientists as well as festival organizers, craftspeople, fishermen and park rangers amongst others. He envisages contemporary art as a powerful mode of producing meaningful new associations as well as new knowledge through its processes.