Unseen by my Open Eyes | Kevin Gaffney
Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown
Exhibition opening and book launch: Friday 2nd December, 7-9pm.
Exhibition continues: 3rd December- 25th January 2017.
Artist talk: Wednesday 18th January, 2-3pm.
Unseen by my Open Eyes features four films that explore the construction, projection and manipulation of identity. The focus of the exhibition is A Numbness in the Mouth, a 17 minute vision of a self- sustaining militarised Ireland where food production and consumption is kept in balance. Created with a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, A Numbness in the Mouth was filmed on location in a nineteenth-century water-powered flour mill Dublin, and explores our relationship to food, its production and consumption in a series of staged scenes, monologues and analogies. Interpolated into the film is an infomercial from the 1950s of a mother baking bread for her children. The two performers inhabit familiar roles and images of women in television which begin to unravel as they reflect on how food affects their temperament, bathe in a vat of orange jelly and sift flour onto their own heads.
In The Mirror is Dark and Inky, daily life in Iran is interrupted by a whale living in a bathtub. Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands reflects on geographic, political and emotional separations in South Korea. Everything Disappears (pictured) explores selfhood, relationships and military conscription in Taiwan. Each film is shot in the prevalent or native tongue of the country in which the film was shot, with participants from Iran, Taiwan and South Korea performing the roles.
Accompanying the exhibition is the first monograph of the artist’s work, published by Black Dog Publishing in London. The four recent films are presented through a series of richly illustrated sections and are contextualised in an essay by critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith. Also featured are the films’ English scripts, with an appendix compiling the scripts in Persian, Korean, Mandarin and the Irish language.
A free bus will run between Dublin and Portadown on the evening of the opening, 2nd December 2016. To book your place contact firstname.lastname@example.org