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Launch of Aftermath Project in Dundalk Museum

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A major new exhibition called ‘Aftermath’ is set to tour a number of galleries in Ireland over the next few months setting out to explore the aftermath of conflict and trauma from the troubles of Northern Ireland and conflict situations worldwide.

In an idea originating along the border counties of Northern Ireland, a region which bore the overflow of those fleeing violence in the North, the exhibition takes on a multimedia format in uncovering the experiences and emotions of those who lived through flight and trauma.

While the peace process eliminated a lot of the surface violence in Northern Ireland, the exhibition serves to uncover the hidden aspects of surviving and living through conflict. The exhibition also includes the voice of asylum seekers from outside of Ireland who have experienced similar harrowing situations and feelings.

In a statement the project organizers describe the aim and direction of the exhibition.

“Aftermath’ sets out to explore hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams. The project brings together people directly affected by trauma to share their experiences through photography, film and music. Aftermath presents an extensive series of photographs by Anthony Haughey; a series of filmed interviews by Laurence McKeown; a specially designed sound installation, which engages visitors with the participants’ narratives and a commissioned music score by Elaine Agnew, which includes the voices of participants. The exhibition also includes archival newspaper articles and photographs documenting the growing tensions in Northern Ireland from 1968, and a music track contributed by DJ David Holmes.”

Filmmaker and Aftermath director Laurence McKeown further explained the significance of this new work.

“After peace agreements have been signed and the military/paramilitary apparatus of hostilities removed often little visible remains in societies as evidence of the conflict that recently took place. But for many who lived through that experience, or had to flee from it, the scars they carry are all too real and ever-present. Regardless of what side they took in the conflict, or none, they now must make sense out of what happened and where they go from here.”

The exhibition was developed by Diversity Challenges in partnership with The Integration Centre, the County Museum Dundalk and the Rural Community Network through funding from Co Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership.

It will be shown in Dublin, Newry and Belfast until the end of the 2013.

Exhibition tour dates:

The Gallery of Photography, Dublin: 30 October – 10 November
The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry: 14 November – 30 November
Belfast Exposed, Belfast: 5 December – 20 December

The track ‘I want to tell you (Aftermath)’ by David Holmes and Keefus Cianca is available for streaming, along with other exhibition material, on the Aftermath

http://thejournalist.ie/entertainment/art-aftermath-exhibition/

Aftermath on RTE Radio 1 show Morning Ireland

morning irelandExhibition examines lives of those affected by Troubles

Richard Dowling, North East Correspondent, reports on the launch of an art exhibition in Dundalk looking at the aftermath of the Troubles

Aftermath Press Release

You are invited to the launch of Aftermath in the County Museum, Dundalk on the 17th of September at 6.30 p.m. The Aftermath project is funded through the EU Peace III Programme as awarded by the County Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership. The exhibition continues until 26th of October. Admission is free.

BirdBoxes_forestIn 1969 the largest evacuation of refugees since World War II took place in Ireland as thousands of people fled across the border to escape the unfolding conflict in Northern Ireland. In subsequent years the border counties continued to be heavily impacted; many people were injured or killed in bombings and shootings whilst others were imprisoned or displaced.In the mid 1990s increasing political and economic stability in Ireland created the conditions for a new demographic shift with the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world. These people often experienced the same fears and anxieties as their counterparts from the north. They also encountered similar suspicions and prejudices on arrival in their new home.Following the Good Friday Agreement and the cessation of overt conflict the issue arose of how to address the legacy of conflict. Aftermath begins this exploration, setting out to explore hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams. Filmmaker and Aftermath director Laurence McKeown and commissioned artist Anthony Haughey have worked closely with the participants to produce a touring exhibition of photography, film, music, and audio, supported by a programme of curated events.

The  exhibition includes archival newspaper articles and photographs documenting the  growing tensions in Northern Ireland from 1968, ultimately leading to violence and conflict. There is a specially designed sound sculpture where visitors can engage with  the participants’ narratives; a collection of filmed interviews by director Laurence McKeown and an extensive series of photographs by artist Anthony Haughey.  A photo book will be published and launched in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin in November.

Press Release

 People affected by conflict – People displaced from home

 

Press Release: Opening reception at 6pm, 19 September 2013, County Museum Dundalk, County Louth. Exhibition continues until 25 October 2013.

 

In 1969 the largest evacuation of refugees since World War II took place in Ireland as thousands of people fled across the border to escape the unfolding conflict in Northern Ireland. In subsequent years the border counties continued to be heavily impacted –many people were injured or killed in bombings and shootings – others were imprisioned or displaced.

 

In the mid 1990s increasing political and economic stabilty created the conditions for a new demographic shift with the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees from all over the world. These people often experienced the same fears and anxieties as their counterparts from the north. They also encountered similar suspicions and prejudices on arrival in their new homes.

 

Following the Good Friday agreement and the cessation of hostilities people have questioned how to address the legacy of conflict? Aftermath brings together people directly affected by trauma to share their experiences through, music, film and photography. Filmmaker and Aftermath Director Laurence McKeown and commissioned artist Anthony Haughey have worked closely with the participants to produce a major touring exhibition and programme of curated events.

 

Aftermath sets out to explore the less visible signs of post conflict which reveal underlying questions connected to hidden histories, unresolved antagonisms, and personal hopes and dreams.

County Museum Dundalk, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street, Dundall, County Louth., Ireland. Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

T. (+353) 42  9327056. E. info@dundalkmuseum.ie

 

For press information or to arrange an interview contact:

Dr Laurence McKeown, Director, Aftermath Project on

T. 085 8423656 E. laurence.mckeown@btinternet.com

Dr Anthony Haughey on T 0876124147 E. anthony.haughey@dit.ie

Brian Walsh E. Brian.Walsh@louthcoco.ie  http:/ /www.dundalkmuseum.ie

 

 

 

The County Louth Aftermath project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AFTERMATH  PROJECT

The AFTERMATH project uses discussion and creative, artistic approaches to story-telling and life stories to highlight the issues and needs of the participants drawn from the target groups. The AFTERMATH project is not a campaigning or lobbying group on behalf of victims/survivors or displaced persons. It does not hold a view on the politics or morality of the conflict in and about Northern Ireland or in other countries. It is inclusive, and works wiht participants to highlight their issues and needs and to offer support and advice where possible. Following it’s launch in the County Museum, Dundalk the exhibition will tour to: Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 30 Oct – 10 Nov; Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry 14 Nov – 30 Nov: Belfast Exposed 5 Dec – 21 Dec.

For press information or to arrange an interview contact:

Dr Laurence McKeown, Director, Aftermath Project on T. 085 8423656

E. laurence.mckeown@btinternet.com

 

Diversity Challenges (DC) is the lead partner.

Diversity Challenges was founded in 2001. Its vision is: a society in which people understand, and take responsibility for, the shared and distinctive traditions of all communities. It aims to assist culturally specific groups in integrating community relations principles and considerations within all aspects of their work. Diversity Challenges has expertise and experience of working with a wide range of cultural groups.

Contact: Will Glendinning w.o.m.glen@btinternet.com http:/ /www.diversity-challenges.com

 

Other partners include;

The Integration Centre (TIC)

The Integration Centre is an established leading organisation in connecting communities and advancing integration between migrants and the broader society across Ireland. It is committed to building an inclusive society where migrants and their families are fully and equally involved. The Integration Centre promotes the integration and inclusion of immigrants. TIC has an increasing membership network of 250 community groups and organisations in Ireland, including in County Louth.

Contact: Tosin Omiyale tosin.omiyale@integrationcentre.ie http://www.integrationcentre.ie

 

County Museum, Dundalk (CMD)

The County Museum, Dundalk is an award-winning museum covering the historical development of County Louth from the Stone Age to the present day. It is a service provided and funded by Dundalk Town Council. Its mission commits it to inspire a familiarity with the past through the collection, conservation, and communication of the

historical heritage of County Louth and its wider community. Its involvement with the AFTERMATH project reflects the natural extension of this principle, by actively assisting not only the collection of oral testimonies but also their dissemination for future generations or through the development of a research archive. With significant experience of organising and developing such archives the Museum brings a critical degree of specialist expertise to the project.

Contact: Brian Walsh Brian.Walsh@louthcoco.ie  http:/ /www.dundalkmuseum.ie

 

Rural Community Network (RCN)

The Rural Community Network is established in County Louth through the Rural Enabler Programme and has an office in a rural area, has contacts especially in the rural community, has experience in conducting capacity building amongst community groups and organisations (an aspect of this project which we wouldsee as being integral to it), and   the capacity and already-established networks through which to distribute information verbally and written.

Contact: Charmain Jones charmain@ruralcommunitynetwork.org http:/ /www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org

 

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SEUPB

 

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE III Programme is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation.  It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu