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Screening & Artist Discussion / Marie Brett - Last Breath
Thursday 1 November 2018 / 6.30 – 8.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
Comprising of a screening and discussion with the artist Marie Brett - Last Breath is a new filmic artwork by Brett exploring ideas of an ultimate great unknown: the experience of death and dying. The film draws on Brett’s ongoing research into Irish death ritual to explore the liminal space between ‘life and death’ the ‘mind and body’, necromancy and the female supernatural.
To follow a screening of this work – Brett and invited guest Patricia Lysaght discuss the traditions, rituals and folklore imagination of death and the dying experience in relation to a changing Ireland and more broadly in a secular society. Drawing on their shared interests in Irish folklore as a source behind Brett’s film – discussion participants reflect on issues of fear, protection and how the living are affected by the dead within historical traditions, customs, as well as Irish art contexts. This discussion will be chaired by art writer and curator, Catherine Marshall.
Booking Advised. Booking Line Opens Shortly
Last Breath is a new work by artist Marie Brett, following a residency at UCD’s College of Social Science and Law and a participatory project with staff at St Francis Hospice Dublin. The work has been supported by IMMA and UCD Parity Studios and received an Arts Council AIC award, coordinated by Create the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland.
About Speakers Marie Brett produces artwork in response to culturally shunned human behaviours with particular interests in lived experience of loss and trauma. She makes filmic, audio-sculptural, and event based works, for gallery and flux-off-site locations. Her practice develops through socially engaged methods, particularly exploring ethical and aesthetic relations to the politics of cultural production. Brett is currently a participant on the IMMA Residency Programme. Further details about the artist here
Patricia Lysaght is Professor emerita of European Ethnology and folkloristics, University College Dublin. She is also a qualified lawyer and an elected member of the Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy, Uppsala, Sweden, which awarded her the Torsten Janckes minnesfond prize for her outstanding contribution to scholarship. She is also an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, a former editor of Béaloideas, the Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, and of Folklore, the journal of The Folklore Society, UK. She is currently President of The Folklore Society, London, which presented her with the Coote Lake Medal for research excellence in 2013. She has published 20 books as author or contributing editor, among them The Banshee. The Irish Supernatural Death-Messenger (1986; 2nd ed. 1996), as well as numerous scholarly articles in national and international publications. Further details here.
Catherine Marshall is from Kilkenny. She is a freelance art writer and curator. She has worked as the Head of Collections at the IMMA from 1995 to January 2007, when she was seconded to the Arts Council of Ireland and later to the Royal Irish Academy where she co-edited Vol. V of the Art and Architecture of Ireland, (Dublin and New Haven) 2014. She has been a lecturer in the History of Art Department at TCD (1986 -1995) and a guest lecturer in UCD, NCAD and at the National Gallery of Ireland. She has curated exhibitions of Irish art in Ireland, the United States, Canada and China. She was a board member of the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin and is currently head of the steering committee for Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine and Samhain Festivals. She has published widely on Irish art.