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As part of Culture Night 2020, The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to launch a specially commissioned artwork by our artist in residence Rita Duffy. The piece forms part of the artist’s ‘Anatomy of Hope’ series, conceived in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will feature on the Trinity Long Room Hub homepage from 4pm on September 18th. At the bottom of this page you will find the artist’s statement, which is also available to listen to. Click on the ‘pulsing’ links in the artwork below to watch videos related to this topic, including ‘Culture and Consolation’, a Culture Night conversation.

The Anatomy of Hope, 2020.
Oil on linen, 1.2m x 1.2m Rita Duffy

"Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
James Baldwin


We are all of us, connected. And a cruel wind has blown us inward on fearful Covid breath. The robust heartfelt kindness and romance of community reassures us all will be well. Ourselves alone, the ghost of a memory flits through my head. Superstitious ribbons and rags impaled on thorns, suffering on, offering it up, enduring at all costs doing the right thing. Amulets threaded with nostalgia plead for a better future, a borderless place both snug and wide open. With a doorway never needing to be closed. I want to imagine not the threat of freedom or its tentative, grasping fragility, but the concrete thrill of borderlessness.


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