18 August to 16 September
Opening Friday 18 August, 7.30pm
Bryan Gerard Duffy’s work investigates notions of psychological and physical displacement.
“I will build a great wall…” Donald Trump. Walls have played an integral role in the growth and destruction of civilizations from China to Mexico. This show explores the social consequences of walls and the process of navigating them through the everyday.
Duffy came across a decrepit army tank in the Golan Heights region in Israel prior to the 2014 bombings on Gaza, Palestine. Duffy’s exploration and interaction with the tank became a starting point for his dialogue with the Yeatsean poem ‘the fool by the roadside ‘, in which the poet counterbalances the structured and the playful in his exploration of the ageing process. Duffy’s own playful attitude to materials and situations counterbalances a very serious social conscience and political intent.
The themes of his work include post-colonialism, media, surveillance, cultural appropriation, and social, individual and collective responsibilities.