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    Fiona Whelan is an artist with a multifaceted practice whose work explores power relations through sustained engagements with people and place. Her practice has been positioned in the Rialto area of Dublin city for over 12 years collaborating with the Rialto Youth Project. Working with personal testimonies to explore broader societal issues, Fiona’s practice is concerned with simultaneously growing power with others while developing creative approaches to speaking to power. In May 2016, after a four year collaboration with the Rialto Youth Project and four generations of women exploring contemporary equality issues, Natural History of Hope, a live performance was presented in Project Arts Centre with Brokentalkers. In 2014 Fiona published a critical memoir, TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation, focusing on a long-term project exploring young people’s relationship to power and policing. This project manifested in a series of works including The Day in Question in IMMA, Dublin (2009) and Policing Dialogues at The LAB, Dublin (2010), both of which brought young people and police together in untypical engagements where power was explored and tested. Fiona is also joint Coordinator of the MA Socially Engaged Art in the School of Education at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin where she co-developed the TransActions publication series TransActionsPublication.com  with Chicago based Jim Duignan. In another collaboration with Sociologist Kevin Ryan, Fiona has recently been published in Field Journal – http://field-journal.com/issue-4/beating-the-bounds-of-socially-engaged-art-a-transdisciplinary-dialogue-on-a-collaborative-art-project-with-youth-in-dublin-ireland