Children of the Free State

by Annie Holland

The Children of the Free State from Annie Holland Photography on Vimeo.

 

14 August - 12 September, 2020


In the past 2 years, Laois artist, Annie Hollandhas begun conversations with older people from rural Laois born before or just after 1922, taking photograpic portraits and engaging in conversations about the past and the present. These conversations create the framework for the exhibition ‘Children of the Free State’which takes place at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise as part of Heritage Week (15- 23 August).

Using photography and video, Annie focuses on how the process of documentation and storytelling can itself create space, physically and emotionally, for real dialogue and the narration of personal stories - past and present. She also explores old family photos, dating back generations, as the only tangible bridge that connects the past with the present and her photographs that will connect current and future generations. 

Speaking about her work, Annie says: 

'I believe that the past of any human being is never permanent, but constantly being reconstructed in the present.

The project offers an enquiry and perspective into ‘A Sense of Place’the overarching theme of the Laois Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 – 2022. It encompasses and articulates our socio-cultural heritage through a range of art media. The photographic and video materials will form part of the Laois County Library Digital Repository and Archive. 

Supported by Dunamaise Arts Centre and Creative Ireland Laois, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2018-2022 in partnership with Laois County Council. 

Link to Annie's blog where there is more information and images from the install 


Link to more images from the exhibition

Funded by

The Arts Council

arts-council


Dunamaise Arts Centre

Church Street Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.

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