Multi me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion in Ti­na­hely this month

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ARTIST Joe Far­rell launched his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion at the Court­house in Ti­na­hely on Sun­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion which is en­ti­tled Paint­ing, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Doc­u­men­tary, will run un­til March 23.

Joe Far­rell is an Ir­ish painter, pho­tog­ra­pher and tele­vi­sion doc­u­men­tary di­rec­tor. He ini­tially made so­cial doc­u­men­tary pho­to­graphs in the 1970s be­fore mov­ing to Canada to study paint­ing in the 1980s.

Re­turn­ing to Ire­land in the mid-Nineties he be­gan di­rect­ing doc­u­men­taries for Ir­ish tele­vi­sion while con­tin­u­ing to paint and pho­to­graph. He has di­rected doc­u­men­taries in over 20 coun­tries in­clud­ing Ethiopia, DR Congo, Kenya, Korea and Ja­maica.

Joe Far­rell: Paint­ing, Pho­tog­ra­phy, Doc­u­men­tary shows the el­e­ments of his wide-rang­ing work and draws on places, events and en­coun­ters ex­pe­ri­enced in 20 years trav­el­ing the world and 40 years of im­age mak­ing. The work seeks to bring to­gether the twin tracks of doc­u­men­ta­tion and ab­strac­tion that have equal sta­tus in his work.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes re­cent paint­ings, pho­to­graphs of Ire­land be­tween 1975 and 1982 and be­tween 2012 an 2017, a doc­u­men­tary on the Congo and Ethopia.

His re­cent paint­ing ad­dress the frag­ile and elu­sive qual­i­ties of mem­ory by at­tempt­ing to re­cover and de­fine a sense of the peo­ple, places and ex­pe­ri­ences of his trav­els.

The doc­u­men­tary on the Congo ex­plores how seem­ingly never-end­ing con­flict im­pacts on the peo­ple of North Kivu Prov­ince in East­ern DR Congo while the one on Ethopia tells the sto­ries of those who sur­vived the famine in Ethiopia in 1984 and the ef­fects of break­neck change and ex­plod­ing eco­nomic growth in this coun­try of over 100 mil­lion peo­ple. The ex­hi­bi­tion is open Tues­days to Satur­days from 9.30 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. THE PLAY ‘We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here’ will be on at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 22 at 8 p.m.

Tina and Ber­nadette, are dig­ging a hole in the ground. They dig ev­ery­day, me­thod­i­cally, look­ing for what has been hid­den from them.

They are Mag­da­lene ghosts. They heard about Tuam on the ra­dio. One of them is dig­ging to find her baby’s bones, the other is dig­ging to ex­pose the truth.

Should they keep dig­ging? Or is it bet­ter to leave the truth un­der the ground, where it be­longs?

Af­ter all, peo­ple who dig to find out what’s buried aren’t treated very well in this coun­try. They risk le­gal ac­tion, and the ru­ina­tion of their good name. So why keep go­ing?

In their own ways, both char­ac­ters are try­ing to JOE Rooney (Fa­ther Ted, Kil­li­naskully), Sharon Man­nion (Brid­get & Ea­mon) and Danny Ke­hoe (Moone Boy, Red Rock) will do a night of com­edy im­prov at Whale The­atre in Grey­stones on Satur­day, March 3.

Au­di­ence mem­bers will tell the co­me­di­ans where to go, within rea­son.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show. Tick­ets are €15 or €12 con­ces­sion.

To book or for more in­for­ma­tion go to whalethe­atre.ie or call 01 2010550.

Grace Dyas and Doire­ann Coady.

Joe Rooney

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