Jaki Irvine, If the Ground Should Open
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
23 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
This new commission for IMMA If the Ground Should Open… is presented here for the first time on the occasion of the centenary of the historic Easter uprisings of 1916. This new work takes as a point of departure Irvine’s 2013 novel Days of Surrender, which focuses on Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan. These were two of more than a hundred women who were ready to die or kill for the possibility of a different Ireland but whose stories were all but written out of official Irish history, consigned to the margins as the narrative was masculinised.
This new video and sound installation uses their names as the ground of a score for 9 musicians. In this way they are performed and remembered, becoming part of the ground we walk on in 2016.
If the Ground Should Open... is part of the official Ireland 2016 Programme.