Exhibition Opening: 18 February, 6pm.
“…they are walkers, Wandersmänner whose bodies follow the thicks and thins of urban ‘text’…The networks of these moving, intersecting writings compose a manifold story that has neither author or spectator, shaped out of fragments of trajectories and alterations of spaces…”
(Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life; Chapter 7: ‘Walking in the City’.)
Every object has a story. Over many months, visual artist Sue Morris walked the City Walls. She was gathering materials for her project, Found – a quasi-scientific, forensic excavation and examination of the Walls’ environs. The intention was to amass an array of items that would potentially shed insight into the lives and habits of those who walk the walls – locals and tourists.
The subsequent collection has been catalogued and presented as fragments of material evidence. It allows the viewer to explore these clues and their narrative potential – as an amateur detective might approach a crime scene. In contrast to the official, historical account that punctuates the City Walls via tourist information points, it offers an alternative contemporary reading. In this collection every item has been dropped/discarded/lost…and then found.
Sue Morris was born in England and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. Since the early nineties she has lived in Ireland, most recently in Derry, Northern Ireland. Her multidisciplinary practice utilizes drawing, text, printmaking, film, photography, sound and installation. Her work explores notions of the known and unknown particularly around re-imagined and alternative histories. Morris has exhibited extensively in Ireland, the UK and internationally.
‘Found’ is the second part of Verbal’s ‘Walking the Walls’ series of exhibitions. These exhibitions, curated by Gregory McCartney, articulate alternative approaches to and explorations of Derry’s famous Walls.
This exhibition is supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Walled City – 400 Years Event Funding.