1916: Images and Objects of a Foundation Myth
May 19 - May 19 2016
This symposium aims to explore the centrality of myth-making in relation to the 1916 Rising. Speakers will explore the inter-relationship of myth, memory and history through addressing material and visual culture that informed, was generated by and has sustained the memory of the Rising.Throughout 2016, the LAB's programme is working with different research partners to commission contemporary artists responses and create public debate that questions what we choose to remember, whose responsibility it is to remember and how we commemorate.
Dr. Lisa Godson has been invited to convene this symposium in the context of the current exhibitions at the LAB Gallery, So Through the Singing Land He Passed and PERFORMING NGI.988 by artists John Beattie and Sabina McMahon. Prompted by the National Gallery of Ireland's 1966 exhibition Cuimhneachan 1916: a Commemorative Exhibition of the Irish Rebellion 1916 as their starting point, the artists were invited to consider artists contribution to commemoration and the conscious creation of legacy.
Speakers include: Mary Anne Bolger, Hilary O'Kelly, Brenda Malone, Sabina Mac Mahon, John Beattie, Donal Maguire, Sheena Barrett and Lisa godson.
This symposium will take place in the Denis Mahon room, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. From 2pm - 5pm