December 5, 2008

Upcoming: December 2009

Acts of Memory is a joint exhibition of works by Deirdre M. Donoghue and Gunndis Yr Finbogadottir. The exhibition will be on view at the Poriginal Gallery, Pori, Finland. (28.11. – 22.12.2009.)

The exhibition ‘Acts of Memory’ explores the agency of memory production in relation to the construction of identity and the creation of autobiographical narratives. Referring to both imaginary and actual spaces and the passage of time, the works in this exhibition investigate the production, consumption and affects of memory. Bringing these works together under the common title of ‘Acts of Memory’, is an attempt by the artists to create a reflective space to further explore how we as subjects produce and are produced by memory, endlessly constructing our subject-hood, environment and histories through acts of recall and narration, whether individual or collective, purely personal or indeed cultural.

Central to the work of both artists is the idea of memory practices being an important alternative to the criteria of historiographical practice in narrating history, whether personal or collective. Whilst historiography favors radical continuity, and tries to regulate through economic criteria, the criteria of memory practice is immanently free from that. This gives memory practices their potential as an empowering and transformative practice and makes it an invaluable alternative to historiographical models of narrating.  






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