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Ulysses 100 - Happening 2

  • Thursday 24 February 2022
  • From 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Admission free

Hosted by Denis Kehoe as alter ego Esther Raquel Minsky, the programme for this evening focusing on gender and Joyce’s muse, his wife Nora:

Conversation between artists Anne Maree Barry, Aine Phillips, Vivienne Dick led by artist and lecturer Mary-Ruth Walsh on religious zealotry and its effect on Irish women (further details below), in conjunction with our exhibition A Nation Under the Influence: Ireland at 100

Performance by our artist in residence Osaro of a short song-cycle she has created in celebration of Ulysses

Staged reading of In Bloom, new contemporary short piece by Michael McCaughley and Edouard Saussac

Accompanied visits of the exhibition of artists' books inspired by James Joyce's texts in CCI's Old Library - Leo. J.M. Koenders Collection

All evening:

  • Discover artists Connolly Cleary’s Pangolin Pavilion, an experimental sculptural pop-up space made from 25 repurposed beach parasols and designed to accompany the Eco Showboat’s maiden expedition this summer on the Irish river Shannon
  • Launch of photographer Louise Wallace’s work inspired by her time at Shakespeare and Co. bookshop (commissioned by CCI) and screened in Connolly Cleary's Pangolin Pavilion
  • Sound installation Distant Music by Francis Heery, created around Nora Barnacle
  • Exhibitions to (re)visit : A Nation Under the Influence, Following Ulysses and the Reading Ulysses installation.

In 1922, the heavy hand of the Catholic Church replaced that of British power with wide ranging consequences for the condition of women in the Free State. Anne Maree Barry’s work in the exhibition explores Dublin’s Monto, one of Europe’s biggest red-light districts when Joyce was writing Ulysses and in which one full chapter takes place. Shut down in 1922, in a move to morally sanitise the new Ireland, it was replaced symbolically by the infamous Mother and Baby homes that took on a punitive role all over the country. Performance artist Aine Phillips is filmed by Vivienne Dick in a short film piece that addresses the ongoing difficulty of redress for the life-long suffering endured by many women and the children that were removed from them. Tonight the three artists are in conversation with artist and lecturer Mary-Ruth Walsh.

Credit for image on the left: Ciote Cristian