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    Fiona Whelan is a Dublin based artist, writer and educator. Her collaborative practice is committed to exploring, exposing and reconfiguring systemic power relations through durational engagements with people and place. From 2004-16 she was a resident artist with Rialto Youth Project where together the artist and organisation collaborated on long term projects exploring equality issues related to class, gender and policing and co-produced public works including The Day in Question (IMMA, 2009), Policing Dialogues (The LAB, 2010) and Natural History of Hope (with Brokentalkers, Project Arts Centre, 2016). Her current project What Does He Need? (2018+) (in collaboration with Brokentalkers and Rialto Youth Project) is a critical enquiry into the formation of boys’ and men’s identities, considering how forms of masculinity are cultivated and subsequently experienced in a boy’s life. Fiona’s recent published writing includes Freedom? (in collaboration with Sociologist Kevin Ryan under a collective title: Two Fuse, Sireacht series, Cork University Press, 2018), Beating the Bounds of Socially Engaged Art (with Kevin Ryan, Field Journal, 2016) and TEN: Territory, Encounter & Negotiation (2014). In 2015 Fiona co-developed the TransActions publication series as a collaboration between  Stockyard Institute in Chicago and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin, where Fiona is a joint coordinator/lecturer on the MA Socially Engaged Art + Further Education. In 2019, Fiona was awarded a residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and completed a PhD at the Centre for Socially Engaged Practice-Based Research at TU Dublin titled Reconfiguring Systemic Power Relations – A Collaborative Practice-Based Exploration of Inequality with Young People and Adults in Dublin.