That which was
Histories, documents, archives
in Ghost-haunted land
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In the context of contemplating representations of history and histories of representation in the changing Northern Ireland, there are numerous works by artists that struggle with testing means of recording or seeking evidence, investigating archives and exploring the 'potentiality' of testimony. This chapter considers the examples of speculative history-making in the work of two artists Daniel Jewesbury and Aisling O'Beirn, who have been engaged with the effect of the past on the landscapes of the present. It focuses on the work of two artists whose work with film and video has engaged quite differently with historical narratives in the north of Ireland. They are Glasgow-based, Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell, and German-born, Irish-based artist Miriam de Búrca. Campbell's film-making method heightens the tension between what we perceive to be 'real' and what is more obviously 'constructed' through the mediating process of documentary.

Ghost-haunted land

Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland


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