Exhibition gives a voice to 1916 Artefacts

The LAB Gallery, Foley Street


An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will launch In the Flesh, by Bridget O’Gorman, the first in a series of exhibitions at the LAB Gallery, Foley Street, in response to the 1916 Rising on Thursday, 28th January, 2015 at 6.30pm.

Mholfainn duit cuairt a thabhairt ar an LAB agus na taispeántais ealaíne iontacha a fheiceáil anseo i rith na bliana mar chomóradh ar Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916. I would urge you to visit the LAB Gallery and explore the wonderful art exhibitions featured here this year to commemorate the 1916 Rising.  The programme forms part of the City Council’s 1916 Dublin Remembers Commemorations Programme” Said an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Bridget O’Gorman, historian Brenda Malone and writer Sue Rainsford. It features a video focusing on the museum store at Collins Barracks called the ‘Peoples Collection’ and the artefacts stored there. Many of the items were donated by the relatives of those who were involved in the 1916 Rising. In the film the objects are never revealed but instead are described through script which gives a voice to the artefacts which have been protected from human touch and light.

The ‘Peoples Collection’, which will be on display at Collins Barracks later this year contains many items that tell the history of the object itself and evidence of the person that used it.  These include a tea flask used during 1916 which bears the fingerprints of its owner and a felt had worn by James Connolly which carries the marks of a passing bullet.

A second video also includes work by conservator, Hannah Power which focuses on her hands as she carefully attends to the body of a rifle. We are asked to examine the delicacy of the work of the conservator compared with the violence inherent in the gun itself.

“Artists ask questions and create spaces for reflection and imagination. In Bridget O'Gorman's exhibition at The LAB real stories and artefacts of the Rising are a source of inspiration that question the real meaning of these events today. The City Arts Office wish to particularly thank the National Museum for their support and assistance with this exhibition”  said Ray Yeates, City Arts Officer.

The LAB Gallery is run by Dublin City Council with additional support from the Arts Council of Ireland.  The exhibition has also been supported by Dublin City Council’s 1916/2016 Commemoration Fund.

Further details on the exhibitions are available at www.thelab.ie

In the Flesh exhibition image: http://bit.ly/1QupXS2


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