Dollard House, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (next to the Clarence Hotel, Temple Bar) and runs until December 20th 2014
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sat 11am-5pm
Forsaken is a new installation from Farcry Productions-it is made up of stitched tapestries, mounted coffin plaques and other mixed media that calls to mind the regimes of Magdalene laundries, Mother and Baby homes and other so called residential institutions. The location is site specific in terms of the natural light in which the objects are presented and seen
The work in Forsaken makes visible the people banished and abandoned behind the walls of Mother and baby homes, Women’s refuges and Magdalen Laundries throughout Ireland, including those who never even obtained life’s breath, including those whose final resting place was a cold grave with no name and no identity to mark their ever having been here.
Forsaken hopes to dignify and return individuality to people who were victimised by harsh and unforgiving institutions. This work advocates for people to not forsake themselves. No matter what the hardship imposed by others, people can move on; they can, once again, take command of their souls and spirits and move forward with their lives. It wasn’t, after all, their own dirty linen these women and girls were washing; it was ours, and it has to be asked why the Irish State and the Catholic Church continue this practice of “forsaking”.