Jaki Irvine presents the entirety of her new work for IMMA, If the Ground Should Open... performed live by the project performers; Louise Phelan, Cats Irvine, Cherry Smyth, Hilary Knox, Izumi Kimura, Liz McClaren, Jane Hughes, Aura Stone and Sarah Grimes in the atmospheric surrounds of the Great Hall at IMMA, where the footage for the original sound and video work was developed.
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A major new commission for IMMA by Irish artist Jaki Irvine, If the Ground Should Open…, is presented at IMMA for the first time on the occasion of the centenary of the historic Easter uprisings of 1916. A new work, it takes as a point of departure Irvine’s 2013 novel ‘Days of Surrender’, which focuses on Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan. These were two of more than a hundred women who were ready to die or kill for the possibility of a different Ireland but whose stories were all but written out of official Irish history, consigned to the margins as the narrative was masculinised.
This new video and sound installation in the courtyard galleries (23 September 2016 - 15 January 2017) uses their names as ‘the ground’ of a score for nine musicians. The eleven tracks were composed by Irvine using the canntaireachd system – originally developed as an oral scoring system for Scottish Highland pipes. The basic musical motif in classical piping (piobaireachd) is called ‘the ground’ of the piece, which is then built upon with additional notes and melodies. In If the Ground Should Open… the names of women involved in the 1916 Rising, form the ground. In this way they are performed and remembered, becoming part of the ground we walk on in 2016. The project was also developed from the leaked Anglo-Irish bankers taped conversations.
Commenting on her work Irvine said “With If the Ground Should Open…, the legacy of 1916 is reconsidered in the light of a contemporary Ireland broken by corporate greed. Both the past and the present are reflected through a lens that is complicated, joyful, furious and hopeful”.
The exhibition is open at IMMA's Courtyard Galleries until 15 January 2017 and admission is free. This live event is a one-off performance of the work in full, and by all of the original performers.
If the Ground Should Open... is part of the official Ireland 2016 Programme.
This commission is presented as part of an exciting on-going initiative, New Art at IMMA, proudly supported by Matheson, which allows IMMA to continue to support artists’ vital work in a strand of programming that recognises and nurtures new and emerging talents, new thinking and new forms of exhibition-making.
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