Exhibition run: 6 October – 2 December 2018


“It’s not moral, it’s not about educating, it’s not about telling people what to believe, rather it’s about showing how the artists, as living beings, perceive it to be and the necessity to express and show it.” Franko B


Curated by pioneering performance and visual artist Franko B, HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! marks the first exhibition of selected works from the a/political collection, opening at Rua Red Gallery, South Dublin from the 7 October – 2 December 2017. The exhibition initiates the forthcoming programme of Rua Red’s new Director Maolíosa Boyle and the yearlong partnership with a/political.


At a time when history is eating itself, bloated off war and genocide, we look towards its nuclear death. HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! provides an alternative narrative to the current political status quo – one of timeless definace, resistence and disorder – from

some of the most influential socially and politically engaged contemporary artists.


The exhibition will feature works by: Franko B; Petr Davydtchenko; Democracia; Kendell Geers; Leon Golub; John Heartfield; IRWIN; Peter Kennard; kennardphillipps; Barbara Kruger; Oleg Kulik; Andrei Molodkin; Gustav Metzger; Shirin Neshat; Arsen Savadov; Andres Serrano; Santiago Sierra and Ai Weiwei, many of whom have never shown in Ireland before.


Through a series of accompanying workshops, talks and events Franko B and invited guests will explore how we as people respond to power within domestic and political arenas.


‘This is a time of change for Rua Red as the organisation embarks on a new trajectory. The new programme and partnership with a/political commencing with the exhibition ‘HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS!’ will focus on the importance of politics, people and place. At a time of horrendous global uncertainty, unease and fear it is important that there is a space where contemporary artists have the freedom to express their opinions. Rua Red is that space. We are delighted to be working with Franko B and the incredible range of renowned international artists who inform this exhibition’ Maolíosa Boyle, Director, Rua Red.