Dr. Fiona Whelan is a Dublin-based artist, writer and educator. Her practice explores and responds to systemic power relations and inequalities via long-term cross-sectoral collaborations with diverse individuals, groups and organisations. Fiona’s processes are rooted in complex relational networks, which typically accumulate over time through a series of public manifestations, including text-based, visual, performative and dialogical artworks.
Through her work, she has sought to make visible the power relations between police and young people; the state run medical services and patients; national housing policy and those experiencing housing injustice; as well as less tangible power relations experienced as social norms related to class and gender, such as the formation of masculinity for young men and boys.
Fiona teaches part-time in the School of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design. She established the Dublin 8 Neighbourhood Residency for undergraduate students, and is Programme Lead for the MA Art and Social Action.