20 March, 6.30pm
The commemoration of contested histories has attracted renewed public attention following controversies over US Civil War monuments in Charlottesville VA and elsewhere. Closer to home, related debates continue over the forthcoming centenary of the civil war; the preservation and memorialisation of mother and baby homes and Magdalene Laundries; and other traumatic episodes of Irish history. What role can art and commissioning processes play in navigating public calls for commemoration? Emily Mark-FitzGerald will explore the perils and possibilities of memorializing difficult histories, discussing recent Irish examples along with recent international trends in commemorative aesthetics.
Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, where her research concerns Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th c. – present. Her specialisations include the visual culture of famine, poverty, migration, and diaspora (painting, engraving, photography, cinema and material culture); memory, commemoration and public art; and Irish cultural policy and institutions. Her acclaimed monograph Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool UP) was published in 2013 (hardback) and 2015 (paperback), and her co-edited volume The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Cultures is forthcoming from Liverpool UP in 2018.
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TBG+S Supporters Club Talk | Public Art and Memory: commemorating contested histories in contemporary Ireland