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Curraghinalt

Emily McFarland


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https://vimeo.com/464930489/7473ad3419

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Artist's biography

Emily McFarland

Contributors

Emily McFarland - Artist

Synopsis

Curraghinalt is the first work in a three-part video series (“Dtan-a-goo-saran-dthu (The Wind’s Changed”) that explores the changing ecology of a particular landscape in the Sperrin Mountains of West Tyrone, in the North of Ireland. The single-channel video, which utilises documentary forms, dislocated sound, and voices and images that are woven together, explores collective memory and moments of testimony from individual members of a small rural community based at the Greencastle Peoples Office – a collection of caravans high in the mountains that overlook a valley of farmland. The camp coalesced in early 2018 in response to plans that Dalradian Gold Limited submitted to The Department for Infrastructure in the North of Ireland. The sequence follows a conversation with community members including farmers, lorry drivers, engineers and retired people, at the Greencastle Peoples Office in 2019 on day 387 of their occupation of land acquired by the mining company. This dialogue, which shifts between shared experiences and personal accounts, converges with wider questions of solidarity, political representation, sovereignty, the circulation of capital, ideologies of capitalism and particular legacies of historical colonialism.

Concept & Technique

Emily McFarland (b.1987, Tyrone), is an artist filmmaker currently working in the North of Ireland. She studied at The National College of Art and Design (IRL) before completing an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art. McFarland is a co-founder of the artist-run publishing imprint Soft Fiction Projects and past co-director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2015–17).

Screenings

2021 - (Solo) Curraghinalt, AEMI Online, with introductory text by Matt Packer, IRL
2020 - The Golden Vein (Phase 1), EVA International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick, IRL
2020 - Northern Ireland: Art, Media and Politics, Selected by Isobel Harbison, Mountain of Research, Goldsmiths, London, UK
2019- No Longer Peripheral, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Curated by AMINI, LUX Scotland & AEMI, Dublin, IRL
Details
Title

Curraghinalt

Year

2019

Genres

Documentary

Topics

Humankind, Environment

Key phrases

capitalism, landscape, politics, protest, community, rural

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Duration

00:26:00 (looped)

Original formats

HD

Screening formats

Digital HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council and Visual Artists Ireland.
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