Opening Launch: Wednesday 9th February 2022 at 7pm and online at 8:30pm on our Facebook page.
The Bystander Effect examines the role that we, as a society, had in allowing an ‘architecture of containment’ to develop in Northern Ireland. ‘Architecture of containment’ describes the physical infrastructure and systems that were utilized to incarcerate women and children in eighteenth and nineteenth century in Ireland. These institutions included: Industrial schools, Children’s ‘homes’, Mother and Baby Institutions and Magdalene Laundries.
Attempting to exhume our most recent past and its subsequent intergenerational trauma, Alison Lowry examines the recently published research reports, ‘Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland’ and the HIA (Hart) report, creating a sculptural piece of found objects that questions whether survivors of institutions will ever get the justice they deserve.
The trauma still suffered by birth mothers is explored through suspended sculptural objects, video and sound. ‘Stained’ glass examines industrial schools’ survivor’s memories. The installation #onemillionbabyshoes calls for the graves of the hundreds of thousands of babies and children who died in these homes all over Ireland to be marked appropriately.
Photographer credit for Irish Arts is Glenn Norwood