‘Your silence will not protect you’
Sue Morris and Greg McLaughlin
Free Derry Corner 7 – 21 June
CCA Project Space 13 – 21 June
This work moved between art space and street and explored personal, collective and political responses to traumatic events.
At CCA, the work was viewed and audible from the street on a 24 hour cycle, over the course of a week. The multimedia installation represented a typical domestic space but one regularly used as a campaign base. A soundscape played alongside a montage of moving images, in a loop, from Bloody Sunday and other protests around the world. The images, texts and sounds suggested how the mass media infiltrates our daily lives. The work acknowledged the courage and tenacity of those seeking justice, globally, refusing to remain silent, even in the face of state and institutional obstruction and brutality. The scene also spoke to the voyeurism and surveillance that private campaigners so often experience.
Alongside this work, at Free Derry corner, a banner was displayed, utilising the language of popular protest and campaigning. It featured an image from the Bloody Sunday march, and was overlaid by a quote from Black American political activist, Audre Lorde: ‘Your silence will not protect you’.
Sue Morris is a visual artist and Greg McLaughlin an academic writer. They are married and live in Derry. On occasion, they make collaborative work that draws upon these very different backgrounds and disciplines.
Morris’ multidisciplinary practice utilizes drawing, text, printmaking, film, photography, sound and installation. She has exhibited work extensively, both nationally and internationally, including the USA, Austria, Estonia, Canada and China.
McLaughlin is a writer in the area of media and conflict, including Russia and the Media (Pluto Press, 2020), The War Correspondent (Pluto Press, 2016) and, with Stephen Baker, The British Media and Bloody Sunday (Intellect Books, 2015) and The Propaganda of Peace (Intellect Books, 2010).
The work was part of a wider arts event, From Bloody Sunday to Brexit, and has been commissioned and funded by the Bloody Sunday Trust and Arts Everywhere. It runs alongside the international Sites of Conscience conference being held at The Playhouse, Derry.