‘COMMEMORATION IS ABOUT THE FUTURE’
January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Having entered the centenary year of the Dublin Lockout, the words belong to the curator of this project, Helen Carey (Director, Limerick City Gallery of Art), and formed part of Helen’s presentation as part of a panel discussion held last October at the Arts Office of the Dublin City Council, The LAB. In the context of the exhibition, Digging the Monto, facilitated by Thomas Kador, the panel critically addressed the question of how to commemorate the 1913 Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising and the Treaty?
Thematically, Helen addressed the role of memory, the relationship between power and the construction of history and with such awareness, what is the role of contemporary visual art practice to mark this pivotal moment in Irish labour history with critical significance for the globalised present and the possibilities for a re-imagined future. Now available online, the presentations begin with Helen and are followed by Mary Muldowney (Oral Historian, Trinity College Dublin), Padraig Yeates (Lockout Historian & Writer),Roisin Higgins (Historian, Boston College), Pat Cooke (School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) and is chaired by Charles Duggan (Dublin City Council).
When we are talking about commemoration, we are talking about power and not necessarily history (Helen Carey)