The Third Person
July 03 - July 25 2007
The Third Person present ‘Dublin Stories’ a body of new work encompassing print, video and music. This exhibition also sees the launch of their graphic novel ‘New Chronica Dublin’
The Third Person’s practice is guided by anthropological study and is carried out by an engaged approach to varied contexts. Through residencies they produce site-specific works, sympathetically responding to the environments and the people they meet.
As laureates of the Fire Station Artists in the Community Award 2006-7 artists Oliver and Steven spent periods of time in Dublin encountering people and groups throughout the North East Inner City area. Their research focused around East Wall, Monto and Sheriff Street. During this period the artists explored the boundaries between myth, rumour, history and truth, by gathering many stories and folklores, as remembered by people from their own experience or passed down through the generations.
These stories have been edited and translated into the graphic work in this exhibition and book. The style reinvigorates the stories, showing them in a homogenized and enforced way.
The final element of this work is the collaboration between The Third Person and musician Paul O’Brien, Paul O’Brien grew up in the Dublin Docklands area and has an amazing ability to translate the experiences of this area into song. For this new work Paul has responded to the graphic stories, producing new songs for each story. This idea of interpretation and re-interpretation has gripped the artists, and can be seen as the central factor for understanding and living with social history.
Just like the inhabitants of the area the stories range from the mundane to the extraordinary, however they are all very firmly located in the rich milieu, which is this undoubtedly unique environment. The project animates the community, and asks questions about how the community sees itself, its diversity and its development over the last one hundred years. Folklore is treated as public and private ideas, collected together to express the overview of a culturally complicated community.