Moran Been-noon : Artist Talk (Zoom) June 18th

Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based visual artist and independent curator. Her artwork predominantly includes moving image installations, with a subject matter focusing on political identity and post-migration living.

Recent work involves exploring physical manipulations of voice, skin, and landscapes, and examines our desire to belong as well as questions of foreignness. She recently had a digital solo exhibition with The Lab gallery in Dublin, and her project ‘How To Belong’ is currently showing as part of a Basic Space Dublin group exhibition, titled ‘On Belonging’, curated by Diana Bamimeke at The Library Project space in Temple Bar.

Venue: Zoom

Date: June 18th

Time: Noon



Moran will share ideas and fundamental views of starting and sustaining a career in the arts in Ireland. The presentation will rely on her experience as an artist, but also her work with artists as an independent curator, sharing insights from both sides of the relationship. You can learn about her work on her website

Cover Image: attached. Photo credit: Ruby Wallis.



Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based visual artist, independent curator, and writer. As an artist, she predominantly makes moving image installations, with a subject matter focus on political identity and post-migration living. Her recent work involves exploring physical manipulations of voice, skin, and landscapes in order to examine questions of foreignness and belonging. As a curator, she is primarily interested in multiplatform group exhibitions, with a commitment to expanded practice. Her current focus is on feminist artwork created on the spectrum between land art practice, traditionally feminine creative crafts, and contemporary art practice.

Alongside her independent curatorial practice, Moran develops exhibitions and public programmes for glór in Ennis and Belfast Print Workshop. She has curated projects in gallery spaces and off-site for independent galleries throughout the island of Ireland. She produced and led creatively Platform Art Belfast’s in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm in 2016, and a pop-up gallery in Electric Picnic Festival 2009. Her writing has featured in such publications as Circa Magazine, The Sunday Times Ireland, and Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet. She is an active participant in the Irish arts community and worked in the past as a co-director at Platform Arts Belfast and Basic Space Dublin.







‘Foreignments’ was commissioned by Sara Muthi and was kindly funded by Fingal County Council.

Acculturation is commonly deemed successful when it results in a person or groups’ competence of the predominant language, rituals and values of a culture. Acculturation is not necessarily intentional or directed by the migrants or hosts, but an inevitable process, impossible to avert. ‘Foreignments’ is a summary of this process through praxis without conclusion. Drawing on her post-migration living, the artist Moran Been-noon thinks about ‘physical roots’ as a condition for belonging, and terminologies like ‘native’ as unattainable properties which are assumed be desired but often unnecessary. This work leans into the understanding that the process of acculturation doesn’t necessarily end in a state of belonging.

Been-noon uses the physicality of pronunciation, repeating words again and again while studying the shape of the speakers mouth, jaw and neck as they enunciate to demonstrate the laborious nature of acculturation. This highlights the strenuous process of engaging with a second or third language. Simultaneously she is working to understand the cultural and political impact this mechanism has on everyday life. This exhaustion is shared by the extensive personal archive that is maintained when living as a migrant, particularly in the attempt to become naturalised citizen, through documents, stamps and forms.


Maintaining ‘Foreignments’ as a process through praxis without conclusion, the work lends itself to various manifestations in virtual and physical space. In partnership with the LAB Gallery to rethink methods of digital dissemination, ‘Foreignments: a working title will manifest in 2021 as an interactive Web app. The three-channel video is activated by touch, allowing users to play more than one video at a time, alluding to the ‘tentacular’ quality of acculturation itself.

Text by Sara Muthi

Original music Dave Murphy;
Programming Carl Lange;
Harp Elaine Hogan