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Dublin Gallery Weekend

26 November 2016

Performances by Suzanne Walsh, Amanda Coogan and Dublin Theatre for the Deaf at the LAB Gallery.

As part of Dublin Gallery Weekend, The LAB Gallery will host performances by Suzanne Walsh, Amanda Coogan and Dublin Theatre for the Deaf on Saturady 26th November 2016.

A Different Republic is the culmination of Arts & Disability Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios working in partnership for eight years towards supporting visual artists with disabilities. Four residencies, four publications, seven mentored visual artists, one seminar called ‘Pathways to Practice’ and years of embedding access and disability related capacity has led this partnership to commission four established visual artists to respond to the centenary of 1916 and the 20 year anniversary of ‘A Strategy for Equality’.

This exhibition marks the final exhibition in the LAB Gallery’s programme for 2016 which saw a series of new commissions responding to ideas of commemoration developed for the gallery by artists Bridget O’Gorman, John Beattie, Sabina MacMahon, John Byrne, Chad Keveny and Jane Locke in collaboration with research partners including the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland and MA Art Research Collaboartion iadt.

Audio description, speech to text and Irish Sign Language will be available at the preview. Audio description and additional audio information will be available throughout the exhibition using Discovery Pens this service is useful for audiences with visual impairments.

Amanda Coogan

Both the 1996 Strategy for Equality which Amanda Coogan worked on as a young interpreter, (which has had a destructive and potentially devastating consequence for the Deaf community) and the 1916 proclamation have both influenced the creation of Amanda Coogan’s installation for A Different Republic.

The glistening mountain cutting through the gallery and made, on one side, of emergency blankets-seductively glittering and shiny, and the other exposing the construction and practicalities of the build and structure, speaks to the multiple consequences and perspectives one may have on both documents. One installation requirs that the audience inside the gallery must first be faced with the back end of the mountain. The audience viewing the installation from the street, and outside the gallery, see the flashy side.

Since her initial thoughts on her work for this exhibition Coogan has always wanted an  Irish flag in the installation -  she has made this from a green pram with white wheels and filled with oranges. These prams, while associated with the domestic and the female, are also used daily down the road from the gallery, by women street traders.

Suzanne Walsh

Suzanne Walsh’s work is a set of concrete poetry made from fragments of lines from the poems of both Thomas McDonagh and Francis Ledwidge as well as comments collected from online Irish Facebook groups that discuss – housing, environmental issues and wildlife identification. Linking these is the sound of the bittern, extinct presently in Ireland, due to its connection to McDonagh and Ledwidge. McDonagh translated the poem 'The Yellow Bittern' (Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Ghunna) from Irish to English. After his execution his friend Francis Ledwidge wrote a poem 'Lament for Thomas McDonagh' that begins 'He shall not hear the bittern cry'. The poems question exclusion, identity and existence in today's Ireland. Suzanne is an audio/visual artist and writer from Wexford currently based in Dublin.

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