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Teenage KicksDeepa Mann-Kler (Northern Ireland)
Originally co-commissioned by Artichoke for Lumiere, as part of UK City of Culture 2013 in Derry-Londonderry.
Deepa Mann-Kler quoted a line from one of Derry’s most popular bands in celebration of the history of the city.
The Undertones were one of the most successful bands to ever come out of Derry. Emerging at the height of ‘The Troubles’ in the 1970’s, they reacted against the violence of their environment, by writing music, lyrics and songs that reflected on the normality of growing up, of being young and in love. They produced music that resonated across the world.
Teenage Kicks asked the audience to question what it means to dream: whether it is in hope of something to come, something already realised or something entirely different.
Originally from Nottingham, Mann-Kler has exhibited internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, America, Germany and China. In 2011 she was made artist in residence with the Belfast playwright Martin Lynch. The Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin selected Mann-Kler’s photography project, Perceptions, for the Migrant Artists On Ireland Series 2013. In 2013 she was awarded the Individual Artist Award by the Culture Company as part of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture celebrations. Mann-Kler lives and works in Killyleagh, County Down. Her installation Neon Dogs was also part of Lumiere Derry~Londonderry 2013 and Lumiere London 2016.
Another installation by Deepa Mann-Kler, Neon Dogs, was part of Lumiere Derry-Londonderry 2013 and Lumiere London 2016.