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McIver, Moira (1997) Memory, Memorial. [Artefact]

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Abstract

“Memory, Memorial”, Dunree Military Fort, Artlink, Co.Donegal, July 2006.This exhibition is a reworking of an earlier project based on five individuals who served in the Second World War. The historical background of Dunree Military Fort in WW2 as both lookout post for invading forces and base for the neutral Irish forces provided an interesting change of context for this body of work. “Memory, Memorial” was developed in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and the Royal Irish Rifles Regiment, Belfast. The project involved interviewing a number of Second World War Veterans and photographing five of them in their original WW2 uniforms. The exhibition included fourteen c-type colour prints and a 6 minute repeated video sequence displayed on a monitor. The work explores the relationships between public memorial and private memory. It is also concerned with differences in perception: between those who have experienced these events at first hand and those who can only imagine what it was like through other’s recollections and archival material.This work also draws parallels between points of vulnerability in these individual’s lives. As young men these bodies were in proximity to physical danger. Here again, as elderly men, their bodies have become synonymous with physical vulnerability.The work raises questions about our perceptions of historical events and the hegemony of the single authoritative viewpoint. The fragmentation of the sitter in the image, further serves to question traditions in portraiture and conventions associated with the portrayal of the male hero figure.The photographs create distance from the subject through the anonymity of the model, while evoking intimacy through the detailing of delicate sections of the body. Photographs from this project were also exhibited in “Warning Shots” , Royal Armouries Museum Leeds, 2000, “Revealing Views, Images from Ireland”, Royal Festival Hall, London 1999, in “Troubled, Photography and Video from N.Ireland”, September 1998, The Light Factory, N. Carolina, USA,. Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 1997.See Source Magazine review archive, www.source.ie/issues/issues0120/issue11/is11revmemmem.html

Item Type:Artefact
Keywords:Photography, video art, portraiture, military institution, social history, gender, Second World War history
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute
Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Conflict
Location:Belfast, N.Ireland
Date:04 August 1997
ID Code:16184
Deposited By:Ms Moira McIver
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 00:23
Last Modified:04 Jul 2011 16:43

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