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They Come Then, The Birds

Amanda Coogan


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Artist's biography

Amanda Coogan

Contributors

Amanda Coogan, Artist
Ciara Mc Mullan, DoP
Paula Clarke, Performer
Emily Foran, Performer
Jane O'Brien, Performer
Roisin Owens, Performer
Kate Antosik Parsons, Performer

Synopsis

Inspired by the Wrens of the Curragh, a group of women who lived on the margins of society around the military camp at the Curragh, County Kildare. Outcasts and prostitutes, the women lived and raised their families in ‘nests’ within the furze bushes. Coogan draws parallels between the figure of Mary Magdalene and the Wrens, both looked upon as social misfits; wayward and unmanageable women who refused to conform to societal rules.

Concept & Technique

The work references the historical representation of Mary Magdalene in painting, tales of the Wrens of the Curragh, Christian and pagan ritual, sign language, the Wren boys, and the eye of providence.

Screenings

2021, The Magdalene Series, They Come Then, the Birds, Rua Red Gallery
Details
Title

They Come Then, The Birds

Year

2021

Key phrases

Performance Art, Feminism, Irish Art

Duration

00:18:00 (looped)

Original formats

Digital 4k

Screening formats

Digital 4K, Digital 2K, Digital HD, HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council and Visual Artists Ireland.
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