Abridged 0 – 7:Abandoned Donegal
Abridged 0 – 7: Abandoned Donegal
Location: X-PO Kilnaboy Co Clare.
Exhibition runs from Oct. 24th to Nov. 11th
Launch Sunday 24th October 12 until 2pm.
Abridged 0 – 7: Abandoned Donegal
is the next exhibition taking place in the X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co Clare. The
exhibition is part of an ongoing curatorial project by Derry-based curator
Gregory McCartney, who invited artist Denzil Brown make a photographic
exploration and a visual archive of the architectural ruins of commercial
decay and abandoned premises throughout County Donegal.
As the eyes (apparently) are to the soul, ruins are to the past and indeed
to the present. This is especially the case with ‘modern ruins’
and contemporary abandonment with their implicit stories of hope and failure
etched into their fabric. Ruins traditionally are concrete echoes of both
hopeful and foolish schemes born of an entrepreneurship based on good
or greed. They illustrate perfectly the strength and weaknesses of the
human spirit, which is perhaps why we ascribe to architectural abandonment
a certain romanticism. Though in the case of modern ruins we do not; they
just come and go, usually without much fuss. What was once an integral
part of village life is now just an eyesore with no remarkable features
at all; its importance as a social and communication hub forgotten to
everyone except the old. What was once a bright new industrial beginning
is now a bitter heritage of failure. Romanticism is something that comes
from deliberate planning, forgetfulness or dissatisfaction with the present.
It is an integral part of the heritage industry. The recent past is no
place for it. However a certain romantic melancholy creeps in under the
doors at the sight of failure and these empty spaces thus reanimate with
the half-life that art, theory and the empathy or revulsion of the human
heart gives them. They live again. Never as they were though.
A free magazine Abridged 0 – 7: Abandoned Donegal
will be available during the exhibition.
It is hoped that the Abandoned Donegal
exhibition at the X-PO will prompt stories and memories about the rural
ruins, farm buildings, light industrial units, small factories in the
region for a future exhibition and publication, Abandoned Clare,
which will take place at X-PO in 2011. Abandoned Clare
is the next stage of this curatorial project, and the artist who started
the project, Deirdre O’Mahony, is presently looking to identify,
photograph, and archive the stories of ruins of rural enterprises in County
Whereas Abandoned Donegal focused on in the main urban
commercial property the Clare project will see the focus shift to contemporary
rural life as the economic and social factors that have forced the abandonment
of the rural in favor of the urban are visually articulated and explored.
These abandoned buildings provide a window to individual and community
social histories; they tell the tales of the past through the architecture
and objects left behind. This project is as much about the people as the
buildings. The social implications of rural abandonment, the derelict
post offices, pubs, industrial units, piggeries, mushroom factories etc,
signify the declining services and potential loss to what are already
isolated and vulnerable rural populations. Abandoned buildings and the
accompanying abandoned land can also have an adverse effect on the environment
and may also lead to the loss in landscape value, and of course, to access
to this landscape.
This project will allow Abridged to continue its stated policy of innovative
visual art/magazine collaborations with locally based artists and producing
work that is artistically excellent and socially relevant and a magazine,
Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare will accompany the Abandoned Clare
exhibition in 2011.
Contact Senan Kileen firstname.lastname@example.org
086-0551689 for more information.