7 to 23 September
Classical orders proliferate in Western cities (and indeed beyond), imbuing buildings such as law courts, banks, government buildings and academic institutions with esteem and grandeur. Despite being built since the eighteenth century, this ubiquitous style cites antiquity, evincing a sense of timelessness and purity. Aesthetically, they function as signifiers of power and prestige. Doireann Ni Ghrioghair recognises them as architectural societal ‘introjects’, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. However, as rehashed pastiches of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, she also views them as unreliable translations. A set of arbitrary aesthetics, removed from their original meaning, around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary life.