Alanna O’Kelly presents Anáil na Beatha, her live, site-specific performance taking place at Schull Workhouse, Co. Cork on Saturday, 21st of July.
This unique piece has been specially commissioned as part of Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, on show at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen from July 20th until October 13th.
The audience will proceed into the ruins of Schull Workhouse, where they will be immersed by fragmented sounds, layered imagery and light, surrounded by the silence and vastness of the countryside, and the stories of the thousands who were silenced by the Great Hunger.
The performance will run as a series of vignettes that will reference some of the stories of the Great Hunger in West Cork, both historic and contemporary.
The project has been developed by the artist through research, site visits and workshops with people in the locality and in collaboration with other artists musicians and writers, including Mícheál Moley O Súilleabháin, Ruah Berney Pearson, Libby Seward, Cormac Begley, Karen Minihane and Pól Brennan.
The artist Alanna O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s internationally renowned multimedia artists. She works in video, film, sound, photomontage, text and performance, fusing the ritual and the radical in innovative ways. She has a deep interest in place, people, community, our past and its effect on our present, the shaping of our culture, our identity and relationship to the world community and she is drawn to the particularities of place and context.
Event booking: eventbrite.ie/e/anail-na-beatha-tickets