23 September to 8 January | Opening: 22 September, 6.30
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
IMMA presents ‘If the Ground Should Open…’ by Jaki Irvine.
This new commission for IMMA is presented here for the first time on the occasion of the centenary of the historic Easter uprisings of 1916. This new work takes as a point of departure Irvine’s 2013 novel ‘Days of Surrender’, which focuses on Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan. These were two of more than a hundred women who were ready to die or kill for the possibility of a different Ireland but whose stories were all but written out of official Irish history, consigned to the margins as the narrative was masculinised.
This new video and sound installation uses their names as the ground of a score for 9 musicians. In this way they are performed and remembered, becoming part of the ground we walk on in 2016.
Associated Talks and Events
Artist Talk: Jaki Irvine, If the Ground Should Open…
Thurs 22 September, 6pm / Lecture Room
Jaki Irvine introduces her new work and discusses the ways in which the work, and the forthcoming live performance, experiments with the Canntaireachd oral traditions of bagpipe music and a spoken-sung score. Moderated by Sarah Glennie, Director, IMMA. Booking will be available shortly on www.imma.ie
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series
Wed 30 November, 1.15-2pm, Meeting Point Main Reception, FREE
Join IMMA Director Sarah Glennie for an insightful walk through of this exhibition. No booking required.
Tues 13 Dec 2016, Great Hall
Live performance of the work. €8 Online booking opens 23 September 2016.