Friday, 2 December 2022

Event Details

Included in the group photo at the launch of the International Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival are: Sabina Higgins, Brandon Hamber, Roberta Bacic and participants from the network of Transformative Memories in Political Violence (Photo: C McCartney)

Included in the group photo at the launch of the International Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival are: Sabina Higgins, Brandon Hamber, Roberta Bacic and participants from the network of Transformative Memories in Political Violence (Photo: C McCartney)

 

Exhibition and associated activities:State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence: Interrogating the role of the Arts in Conflict
Description: State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence exhibition is hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, as part of the Transformative Memories in Political Violence (TMIP) and State of the Art project. It is a collaboration of several organisations: Ulster University, the Transformative Memory International Network, the Smashing Times Arts and Human Rights Network, University of British Columbia, Healing Through Remembering, Conflict Textiles, Justice and Reconciliation Project, Uganda and National Museums NI. It coincides with, and is part of, the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
Launch: Friday, 14th October, 6 - 7.30 PM.

The aim of the festival is to showcase and highlight the extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world, past and present, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today. The theme of the 2022 festival is ‘In Solidarity: A Celebration of Human Rights’, a celebration of community connections and a world where all people are treated equal with dignity and respect.

The overall exhibition features artworks in a multitude of forms including film, poster art, performance, installation, visual art, painting and music and can be viewed onsite and online. It is accompanied by a six-day programme of State of the Art MemoLab activities made up of talks, workshops and performances. Three days take place in Dublin (14–16 October) and five days in Northern Ireland (17-21 October). The Dublin element is part of the State of the Art Artists Development Programme and annual networking day for the Arts and Human Rights European Network attended by artists, citizens, communities and human rights organisations.

The Conflict Textiles section of the exhibition is comprised of textiles created mainly by women, textile artists and practitioners, which narrate their stories of resistance, denunciation and memory of human rights abuses. It will be complemented by a short film Following in the Footsteps of the Disappeared (6.46 min).

The MemoLab programme of work in Northern Ireland is facilitated by Healing Through Remembering (HTR) and the John Hume & Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace (Ulster University). It includes sessions with Conflict Textiles, the Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and National Museums NI on their new “Troubles and Beyond” exhibit at the Ulster Museum.

Web links:
-Venue: Chocolate Factory, Dublin 1
-Conflict Textiles and Ulster Museum contribution to the Northern Ireland MemoLab ProgrammeTransformative Memory International Network 2022 MemoLab: Northern Ireland
Commissioned by: Smashing Times International Centre for The Arts and Equality
Date(s): 28th September 2022 - 23rd October 2022
Venue: King’s Inn Street, Dublin
The Factory Floor at Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1
Curator: Roberta Bacic assisted by Breege Doherty
Facilitator: Mary Moynihan and Amna Walayat
Outcome: The overall exhibition highlighted the role of art in post-conflict transformative work and in transforming memory arising out of political violence. It brought together artists from 20 countries whose work explores conflict, war and the telling of stories arising out of political violence. The 14 piece Conflict Textiles exhibition brought the concept of textile language to the fore, narrating stories of resistance, denunciation and memory of human rights abuses, via needle, thread and fabric. Overall, it introduced the work of Conflict Textiles to a new and diverse audience in a location where we have not previously had a presence.




Documents: • Textile list, Dublin, Sept 2022 - view
• TMIN programme (all venues), 14-22 Oct - view
• Itinerary / programme, Dublin, 14-16 Oct - view
• Visits/workshop, N.Ireland, 17-21 Oct - view
• The Bead Project, Uganda - view
• Photo gallery of launch, 14 Oct. 2022 - view