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Fade to Black at The Library Project

Running 9-25 September
At The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar Street, D02YK53, Dublin
Opening Hours Tue-Sat 12-6pm

Every September, The Library Project closes its art bookshop space to accommodate an annual exhibition by Black Church Print Studio. Regular visitors to the bookshop can still browse and shop online at with free collections and international postage available. The Library Project will be closed from the 25th August-8 September for installation and will re-open fully as Ireland’s Art Bookshop again in October.


This year, BCPS presents Fade to Black with work by eight artists – Robert Barry, David Blamey, Chloe Brennan, Et n’est- ce*, Hazel Egan, John Lalor, Catriona Leahy, Anja Mahler, Yoko Ono, Sarah Pierce, Endre Tot, Ian Wilson and is curated by Grace Weir and Joe Walker.

The editing instruction ‘Fade to Black’ generally refers to the end of a film where the cinematic image fades into a solid black image that fills the screen before the text based production credit sequence. It forms the non-specified durational space between the closing of an often fictional narrative into the factual account of its making.

Watching a film can be understood as inhabiting a realm of time, a protracted present tense, where the viewer maps the pastness of a recorded event onto their experience of the present when viewing. Print also has the capacity to explore time not just in terms of its content but through the act of producing copies, in its repetitive capacity wherein each copy or moment while unique is repeated as part of a sequence. Each instance, as a point of present, accumulates from other domains of temporality to form a durational record, both imagined and factual.

The exhibition Fade to Black explores these ideas within the languages of cinema, installation, performance, and printmaking, presenting works that engage in moments between duration and instance, the fictional and facticity, narration and documentation.