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Scaling the Void by Justine McDonnell

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The LAB Gallery presents Scaling the Void, a new live work by Justine McDonnell.

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In her new live work ‘Scaling the Void’ McDonnell disrupts narrative conventions through a series of densely interwoven narrative units accentuating different points of encounter. She moves through a series of imagined responses to a conversation that is yet to occur. Drawing upon autobiographical notations and related accounts of historical events, McDonnell consciously embodies an act of refusal.

McDonnell’s practice to date has been concerned with subjects such as: the curated construction of the self; the decisions we make in regards to self-editing; the commonly held belief in the authenticity of autobiography and social histories; and the complicity of the state in perpetuating acceptable narratives in the construction of social norms. She works across a range of media including forms of performance, sound, video installation and text works.

Accentuating the physicality of the voice, her practice employ’s the female voice to challenge the framework of gendered language. With reference to the shift in the role of the viewer to that of co-author, McDonnell acknowledges the voice as having a primary agency in a dialectical exchange. In her work the voice is not simply a medium for communication, it has political currency in its materiality and has use beyond communication.

Justine McDonnell is an artist based at Flax Art Studios, Belfast. Since graduating from her MFA at the University of Ulster McDonnell was selected for both The MAC Curatorial Directions Programme and the British Council, Steward Fellowship Award at the Venice Biennale, 2017. McDonnell has participated in numerous group exhibitions including, We Speak Silent, PS2, Belfast, Curated by Clare Gormley and had a solo exhibition A Composition of She at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2018.

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