Crocosmia ×

Artist: Clodagh Emoe
Collaborators: Hallah Farhan Dawood, Ragad Farhan Dawood, Papy Kahoya Kasongo, Fatemeh Bastanalam, Mohamad Fasaie and Romeo Kibambe Kitenge
Community Partners: Spirasi, DIT, D7 Educate Together Primary School with senior infants coordinator Anna Donnelly, St. Paul’s Secondary School Brunswick Street with transition year coordinator Val Roe, St Joseph’s Secondary School Stanhope Street with transition year coordinator Siobhan Earley, Mary Conlon, OPW, Head Gardener of IMMA/RHK, Generous gardeners who donated their plants from Co. Kerry, Co. Clare, Co. Wicklow, Co. Louth and Dublin
Date: January – October 2018
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Commission type: Open call
Commissioner name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group; Grangegorman Development Agency
Per cent of art: Yes


Clodagh with children and corms   IMG_5557   TY Student planting   IMG_3624

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The Project

A collaborative art project with asylum seekers living in Ireland that brings art, poetry and horticulture together in workshops leading up to two site-specific public artworks in IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Grangegorman. These site-specific public artworks incorporate large clusters of Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora and an audio work featuring poems written and recited by Jean-Marie Rukundo Phillemon, Siniša Končić, Annet Mphahlele, Saida Umar, Peter Rukundo and Marie Claire Mundi Njong. For two weeks in September voices in Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Croatian and Urdu will echo above the site while these wild flowers are in bloom.

By gathering, nurturing and planting Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora (aka Montbretia) in local schools and on site in Grangegorman and IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern art) we aim to promote this wild flower common to Irish roadsides and native to South Africa as a new metaphor for diversity in Ireland that questions received notions of what is ‘native’ and what is ‘foreign’.



Croscosmia × is a collaborative art project developed by Clodagh Emoe with Hallah Farhan Dawood, Ragad Farhan Dawood, Papy Kahoya Kasongo, Fatemeh Bastanalam and Mohamad Fadaie in partnership with Spirasi and connecting with Dublin 7 Educate Together Primary School, St. Paul’s CBS and St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Stanhope Street.

We found a corm of the Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora while gardening in Spirasi, 213 North Circular Road. This wild flower beloved and common throughout Ireland is in fact native to South Africa. This wild flower offered a metaphor to question the problematic of the “foreigner” and redefine the notion of “native”.

Crocosmia × is a process based artwork that comprises an audio work of poems by Jean-Marie Rukundo Phillemon, Siniša Končić, Annet Mphahlele, Saida Umar, Peter Rukundo and Marie Claire Mundi Njong. These poems are published in an anthology of poetry, The Plurality of Existence in the Infinite Expance of Space and Time and available to purchase from Alan Hannah’s Bookstore, Rathmines and The Lillyput Press, Stoneybatter.
(All proceeds go to The Friends of the Centre Ballaghadereen). An integral part of this work are these perennial wild plants that flower in late Summer. These plants have come from all over Ireland, Kerry, West Cork, Clare, Wicklow, Louth and Dublin ranging from large garden estates to rural farms, suburban gardens and inner city backyards.

By creating an informal public space on this site, Crocosmia × offers a place for the community in and around Grangegorman to meet.


Public Exhibitions

I Slept Like a Stone

June 18 – August 19 2018

The Lab, Dublin City Council, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Curated by Sheena Barrett and Julia Moustacchi

The plants on display in this exhibition will be planted on the grounds of the Mosney Refugee Centre.


Launch of Crocosmia × at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Saturday 8 September 2018 at 1 pm

A family friendly event in the front lawn of IMMA, with music and poetry written and recited by Siniša Končić, Marie Claire Mundi Njong and Jean-Marie Rukundo Phillemon.
Bring your family, friends and a picnic and enjoy the beautiful formal gardens of IMMA.

Special thanks to Janice Hough, Coordinator of the Artists’ Residency programme and Mary Conlon, OPW, Head Gardener of IMMA/RHK and her team who worked tirelessly with us throughout the entire project, from guiding us through the process of planting the corms, nurturing the plants in the nursery to planting the wild flowers on site in along the fringes of the entrance to the RHK. Special thanks to artist Eoin Mac Laughlainn who assisted us with this artwork.

Launch of Crocosmia × at Grangegorman Campus

Culture Night, Friday 21st September 2018 at 6 pm
Open invitation to gather in the intimate outdoor auditorium beside the playing fields next to the tree lined Avenue to hear the poetry of Crocosmia;

From 21st September – 7th October
Voices in Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Croatian and Urdu will echo above this intimate space while these wild flowers are in bloom.

Special thanks to Jenny Haughton, Public Arts Coordinator, Grangegorman Public Art, Lori Keeve, GGDA and Derek Bowden’s Grangegorman Estates Team in particular Himzo Kazar. Special thanks to Adam, Keith and Dylan from St. Paul’s secondary school, Brunswick Street who assisted us with this artwork.


 Cover image: Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora in bloom, photo courtesy of Eoin Mac Laughlainn,



  • Artist Bio

    Central to Clodagh’s art practice is a concern with the encounter as a condition of art and how it manifests through perception. Her most recent works are best described as events as they are predicated on a gathering and call people together to specific locations at specific times, for example, a forest at midnight, a flat due for demolition in Dublin’s city centre at dusk and the National Gallery of Ireland during closing hours. These events engage with the condition of art as an encounter by exploring how thinking may be ‘felt’.

    Clodagh holds a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and a PhD titled Exploring the Philosophical Character of Contemporary Art through a Post-Conceptual Practice from GradCAM/DIT.

    Her full bio and works can be found on her website here.

  • Project Supporters

    Special thanks to the kind folk who donated their plants to the project;

    Thomas Quearney of Mr. Middleton, Declan O’ Donahue Head Gardener Farmleigh House and Gardens, Elizabeth Addison, Naimh Walker, Bríd Keegan, Claire Connolly, Cecilia Kelliher and Pat Lavery, Marie Savage, Geraldine O’ Halloran, Mary Mc Inerny, Maire O’ Hagan, Nuala O’ Hagan, Holly Pereira, Maire O’ Hagan, Nuala O’ Hagan, Anne O’ Leary, Mary McInery, Anna King, Bríd and Pat Larkin and  Sr. Noelle Jennings.


    Anna King   Thomas Quinnery Mr Middleton   Holly Pereira

    Brid and Pat Larkin   IMG_7109   Declan O Donahue

    Claire Connolly 13 April 2018   Geraldine O Halloran   Cecilia BoolteensWest

    Mary McInerny   Sr Noelle Jenkins   Marie Savage

    Elizabeth Atkinson     IMG_7134