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The Raft Project with artist Rita Duffy

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 1 – 2pm

The Raft Project with artist Rita Duffy

The Trinity Long Room Hub is pleased to announce that on the eve of Brexit, January 30th, an artwork by the artist Rita Duffy, The Raft Project, 2019, will be installed as a building veil on the Front Square-facing side of the Trinity Long Room Hub building. This photomontage is a response by the artist to Brexit and the border poll discussions and re-invents French painter Théodore Géricault’s oil on canvas, ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ (1818-19), which depicts the shipwreck of French frigate Méduse in 1816.

So what does it mean for Rita Duffy to re-interpret and re-mix Géricault’s historic image in the context of Brexit and Ireland? This and other questions will be explored with the artist on 30 January at a special event in the Trinity Long Room Hub to mark the inaugural public installation of the Raft Project. Rita Duffy will be in conversation with Dr Joseph Clarke, Department of History, and Dr Angela Griffith, Department of Art History.

All welcome. Register here

About Rita Duffy

Rita Duffy is artist in residence at the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Institute for spring 2020.

Born in Belfast, Rita was awarded a B.A. from the Art & Design Centre and an M.A. in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. She is one of Northern Ireland's groundbreaking artists who began her work concentrating primarily on the figurative/narrative tradition. Her art is often autobiographical, including themes and images of Irish identity, history and politics. Rita Duffy’s work has grown and evolved but remains intensely personal with overtones of the surreal. Homage is paid to the language of magic realism and always there is exquisite crafting of materials. She has initiated several major collaborative art projects and was made an Honorary Member of the R.S.U.A. for her developmental work within the built environment. She is an associate at the Goldsmiths College, London and is currently working on an artistic exchange with Argentina and N. Ireland, looking at the role art has in post-conflict societies. She was elected to Aosdana in 2017.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)

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