Self-Promotion is Patrick Killoran‘s project created for his participation in Art in General’s European Residency Exchange with the Residency Program at the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Arts in Prague. As a further exploration of his interests in public space he has made a work utilizing Old Town Square. In recent years this area in Prague has been subject to the pedestrians moving through the square.
Self-Promotion is a series of sign holders that usually wear boards advertising events to tourists. Instead of wearing advertisements they will wear images of themselves. “These people who wear signs are invisible or forgotten. They are overlooked and replaced by the advertisement,” says Killoran. His project is not only a reminder of the carrier’s presence but brings to the surface how these public spaces are sites where we actively endeavor to forget and ignore.
This residency and exhibition are part of Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange (EERE) gives artists an opportunity to create a new work in a new context, and to meet and interact with art communities in Eastern Europe and New York City. He was nominated by Art in General to the Foundation Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic.