A main show of PhotoIreland Festival 2019, The Invention of Memory takes the relationship between memory and identity as the departure point for this conversation, meandering across works of Irish and international lens-based artists, presented in the historic building of Rathfarnham Castle.
The Invention of Memory creates a discourse between the artists’ work, exploring different types of memories – national, personal, familiar, landscape, gender – and inviting the viewer to consider the formation of identity through these. Benedetta Casagrande and partner Leonardo Falascone’s new project Maria di Magdala investigates creation of the myth of Saint Mary Magdalene, its implication in the sacred landscapes of South France, the fabrication of relics, and the overall journey of transformations undertaken by identity in history. Armenian artist Lucie Khakhoutian reflects on her national, spiritual and familiar identity, questioning her current state of belonging, by exploring her family history and childhood memories. Clare Lyons is a young Irish photographer, currently developing a new body of work Back Into Your Mind, confronting her past. Creating sculptural images, she attempts to uncover repressed and suppressed memories, and what’s hiding underneath the creases, to better understand how that confusion and trauma has shaped her identity. Yvette Monahan presents beyond the ninth wave, originally commissioned for TULCA in 2017, addressing trauma within the landscape, mirroring the layers of memory and pain buried deep in the Irish psyche. Yvette produced a body of work that creates a landscape informed by ideology, indoctrination, projection and prejudice as well as myth and memory.
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The Invention of Memory is curated by Julia Gelezova. Presented in association with the Ambassade de France en Irlande and Alliance Française de Dublin. Kindly supported by the Office of Public Works – OPW and the Istituto Italiano Di Cultura – Dublino.