If the Ground Should Open… is a multi-channel video and sound installation at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square, London commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916.
Irvine has taken the names of the (often overlooked) women participants in the Irish Easter Rising. On Easter Monday 1916, a group of Irish nationalists stormed prominent buildings in Dublin and proclaimed Ireland a republic against British rule. While the male insurgents are well known, the actions of the women rebels have been marginalised in the official history of the uprising.
Irvine has taken the names of two of these women, Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan, to write a musical score. The names become the ‘the ground’ of the musical score which is transmitted through TV sets and speakers. At the same time there is a transcript of the leaked conversations between two bankers at the Anglo-Irish Bank during the financial crisis of 2008 to comment on the meaning of the legacy of 1916 juxtaposed with contemporary corporate greed.
To 13 April 2017
17-18 Golden Square London W1F 9JJ
JAKI IRVINE, If the Ground Should Open…
8 channel HD video, black & white
Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London