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.