‘wave: another country’

  1991

A one person show, commissioned and produced in collaboration with Huddersfield Art Gallery as a touring exhibition and funded by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Shown throughout England and Scotland including the Liverpool Maritime Museum and the Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, the show addresses representations of Irishness and emigration. Fragments from the opera; ‘Tristan and Isolde’, alongside emigrants’ own stories, are used to form a narrative ‘running interference’ through the work as text. Archive and contemporary images, glass, steel panels and brass engravings are used to suggest durability, a resonance with the subjects of the works. A panel from Wave entitled ‘No monuments are constructed…’ depicts Paul Hill, wrongly imprisoned as one of the ‘Birmingham Four’. This was also shown in the ‘Ceasefire’ exhibition in Wolverhampton in 1994 to commemorate the Good Friday Agreement and Ceasefire in Northern Ireland. It also featured work by Willie Docherty, Rita Donagh and Richard Hamilton.