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Beyond the Pale: The art of Revolution

DATE: EXHIBITION & FESTIVAL OPENING MONDAY 25 APRIL.
VENUE: HIGHLANES GALLERY, LAURENCE ST.
TIME: 7.30PM

Highlanes Gallery is delighted to present ‘Beyond the Pale: The art of Revolution’, curated by artist and lecturer (DIT), Anthony Haughey, curator, Aoife Ruane, and Dr Pat Cooke (UCD). The exhibition is a contemporary reflection of The Easter Rising of 1916, a tumultuous period in Ireland’s history, a precursor to the War of Independence that followed from 1919 – 1921.

Art and culture played a significant role during this period. Four writers — Pearse, Connolly, Plunkett and McDonagh were central to the The Rising. Pearse in particular defined a unity of vision, invoking earlier revolutionary figures such as Wolf Tone to imagine an Irish republic for future generations.

 

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The exhibition consists of three elements: a series of historical photographs explore less well known aspects of The Easter Rising and a series of evocative posters reflect the tensions between Home Rule and anti-Home Rule supporters. The exhibition includes contemporary artworks by major national and international artists including, Cecily Brennan, John Byrne, Dorothy Cross, Mark Garry and Ori Gherst and Michael McLoughlin. These Artists works evoke a somatic relationship to commemoration and how we remember the past, raising important questions in relation to memory, testimony, beauty and violence.

The third element of the exhibition is a series of commissioned essays by Fionna Barber, Justin Carville, Luke Gibbons. Each writer responds to a specific aspect of The Rising reflecting on the emergence of modernism through the eyes of historical figures such as James Joyce, women’s role in the Rising and the cultural impact of Dublin’s ruined streets as a result of heavy artillery bombardment from British forces.

DATE: EXHIBITION & FESTIVAL OPENING MONDAY 25 APRIL.
VENUE: HIGHLANES GALLERY, LAURENCE ST.
TIME: 7.30PM