Rekab’s best known work is probably ‘Units of Potential’, the green balls affixed to the Lir Institute. However, this commissioned work shows the expansive and intriguing nature of their practice.
With ‘Family Lines’ Rekab explores “embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves.” Objects and spaces in family member homes became keystones for Rekab’s understanding of who they are midst the “dislocation and fragmentation” of mixed-race Irish identity.
Rekab also invites Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland, to create a family living room experience replete with diverse material collected through workshops this spring.
Rich, layered and rewarding.
Douglas Hyde Gallery until September 25.