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Carlow Portraits

1st Sep 2020
to 31st Oct 2020

Age Range
All ages

This project will consist of a looped 24 hour film, made from a series of slow-motion video portraits of older people from the community of County Carlow, installed for a week as a projection on a prominent public site in Carlow town.

As an arresting and beautiful public work, the film will have a high artistic and aesthetic value. It will also serve to simply celebrate older lives and to remind the community of those who have become less visible due to ongoing public health concerns. For those taking part by having their portaits taken, the process of being seen - by the artist in the work of making, and by the public in the final work - is intended as a gesture of engagement and attention, from which the participants (it is hoped) might take some small solace or joy.

In addition to portraits on film, the project will have an audio element, in which short conversations will be recorded with the same older people, loosely around the subjects of 'the future', and 'place'. The future as considered by them now; the future as imagined when they were young; the future for their families. Place as physical place - locale, community, town and village, but also place in society, place in community. A wide ranging and multi-voiced conversation will be edited together into numerous episodes, to be hosted on the website of Visual and perhaps broadcast on the local Carlow radio station over the week of the installation. 

Please note that the details of events listed above are provided by the relevant Local Authorities.


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