POPULISM 2005 -- The Populism project continues growing online with a group of artists adding content to an already well-balanced website. Its multinational remit is to formulate concrete spaces for experience, reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary populism. It brings together artists and essayists.
Populism is a standard theme in Irish life. A recent by-election elevated populist agendas to national prominence. Such is the effect of populism. A well-oiled populist movement can persuade citizens by playing on emotions. Some people hail populism as the reason why the Irish justice minister reversed his decision to deport a second level student.
Along these current events comes "Populism 2005" with an art exhibition that makes space for reflection. The artists involved in the project argue that the emotions and desires embedded with populist politics are often the same expressed in art. Some of the artists exhibit work that shows how art elevate a theme to the masses by appealing to stylistic and aesthetic consciousness. If the artists are right, "Populism 2005" identifies ways that visual art can actually remodel democracy.