No One Can Ever Embargo the Sun is a three-part video essay composed almost entirely of found footage that thinks about how sunlight moves through solar technologies and minerals such as silver and gold which are used in the hardware of these systems. The work aims to make connections between seemingly contrasting histories which include tales of silver mining in Chile, to how sunlight was controlled through various laws such as the 'Window Tax' and the ‘Right to Light’. The film shifts from personal mediations on these histories to more absurd samples of found footage which brings elements of humour to quite serious topics.
No One Can Ever Embargo The Sun
Amanda Rice (b. 1985) is a moving image and sculptural practitioner born in Ireland and based in London. She is an MA graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art (2018). Solo exhibitions include M8 Space, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (2020–2021). Group exhibitions include Home: Being and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland, The Glucksman, Cork (2021); Goingaway.tv at Arebyte Gallery, London (part of the Wrong Biennale 2019); Still the Barbarians, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Eva International, Limerick (2016); Carnage Visors, Rua Red, Dublin (2016); Flux Factory, New York (2014) and Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai. Upon graduating, Rice was awarded the inaugural Edward Allington Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the lmacantar Studio Award. In 2019 she was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation award.