Haunted by the ghost
From global economics to domestic anxiety in contemporary art practice
in Neoliberal Gothic
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This chapter examines the ghost estate as the most compelling trope of the post-Celtic Tiger housing crisis in Ireland. It explores how this crisis of home exacerbates existing postcolonial anxieties around housing and security in Ireland to create these haunted estates, sites of anxiety that recall older Irish cultural memories of dispossession and ruin. The chapter looks at these estates as revenant spaces, as contemporary gothic homes that evoke spectral memories of past gothic homes that have appeared throughout Irish history. Uncanny, revenant, and traumatised, these spaces present and re-present themselves in Irish contemporary fine-art practice as site, as protagonist and as metaphor. The chapter focuses on the uneasy relationship between neoliberal economic policy and the Irish ghost estates. While examining how neoliberal economic policy construes home as commodity, it follows that when this commodity loses value, normative notions of comfort and security in relation to domesticity are consequently subverted.

Neoliberal Gothic

International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age

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