Current Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses the foremost public collection of contemporary art in Ireland; the gallery also has a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme often encompassing the permanent collection. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:24:57 +0000 Point Blank en-gb Rachel Maclean: Just be yourself! The Hugh Lane is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Ireland of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean, who creates fantastic visual narratives using green-screen technology. She parodies fairy tales, children’s television programmes, advertising, internet videos, and pop culture to examine identities, power dynamics and consumer desire. All of the characters are played by the artist, who transforms herself through extravagant costumes and make-up.

This exhibition includes Spite Your Face which Maclean exhibited at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2017, representing Scotland+Venice 2017, curated by Alchemy Film and Arts in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh. The film refers to the Italian folk-tale The Adventures of Pinocchio and offers a powerful critique of contemporary society and its underlying fears and desire. Spite Your Face is a tale across two worlds - with a bright, glittering and ordered upper world, and a warped, dirty, impoverished lower world - where the lure of wealth, power and adoration entices a destitute young boy into the shimmering riches of the kingdom above.

Maclean says of Spite Your Face: “With this film I set out to respond to significant changes in the political climate in the UK and abroad over the last 12 months - in particular the divisive campaigns in the lead up to the Brexit vote and the US Presidential election. These events have been central in heralding a new post-truth era, where politicians feel free to say what they want to help them gain popular support, with little regard for factual accuracy.”

Based in Glasgow, Rachel Maclean was educated at Edinburgh College of Art. Maclean graduated in 2009 and her work came to public attention in New Contemporaries later that year. She has since risen to significant acclaim, with major solo shows at HOME, Manchester and Tate Britain, 2016-17. Her work A Whole New World won the prestigious Margaret Tait Award in 2013, she has twice been shortlisted for the Jarman Award, and achieved widespread critical praise for Feed Me (2016) in British Art Show 8.

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Amanda Dunsmore: Keeper Marking the 20-year anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement—a major milestone in the evolution of peace in Northern Ireland—Keeper presents artist Amanda Dunsmore’s social and political portraits that reflect specific points in history from the late nineteenth century to the present day. The artist’s methodology is grounded in her interest in issues of social and political change and this body of work stems from her time as artist in residence at The Maze and Long Kesh Prison from 1998.

Dunsmore’s exhibition includes silent, 20-minute video portraits of key political figures involved in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, providing unique new perspectives on familiar, high-profile figures. These include John Hume and David Trimble, who were jointly awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 "for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland", and whose portraits will be exhibited for the first time at The Hugh Lane.

Alongside these portraits will be works acknowledging the role of Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown who founded the Peace People, a cross-community grassroots movement of citizens dedicated to ending the sectarian strife in Northern Ireland. Maguire and Williams shared the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.

Other works in Keeper expand this theme of portraiture and its role in social and political life and further reflect on the formal and informal processes through which memory and history are made. These include Billy's Museum (2004), a filmed record of a collection of items relating to various individuals, incidents and occurrences made by Prison Officer Billy Hull in HM Prison Maze. A new artwork entitled The People's Portraits 1899-1918 will also be shown. It comprises 100 printed portraits taken from late nineteenth and early twentieth century glass plate negative prison photographs.

Amanda Dunsmore works in art processes that explore representations of societal transformation through contextual portraiture and social historic projects. Over the past 25 years she has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally and her artworks can be found in private and public collections.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays by Senator George Mitchell, Amanda Dunsmore, Fionna Barber and Cillian McGrattan.

"Dunsmore's beguiling and occasionally astonishing works beg you to examine this recent history through prisms of legacy and age." - Hilary A White, Irish Independent

Monday 9 April, 5pm

Special Lecture: Senator George Mitchell, The Good Friday Agreement: A Personal Reflection

Marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement we are delighted to welcome Senator George Mitchell who will deliver an address The Good Friday Agreement: A Personal Reflection in advance of the opening of Amanda Dunsmore’s exhibition Keeper. Free, although advanced booking is essential. Please see for this lecture are currently fully booked.

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