Thursday 23 May 2019

'Tension and uncertainty' in true reflections of the Rising

Countess Markievicz (1917). Photo: National Museum of Ireland
Countess Markievicz (1917). Photo: National Museum of Ireland
People outside the rebel stronghold on Moore Lane. Photo: National Museum of Ireland
Women in the Irish Citizen Army. Photo: National Museum of Ireland

Jane O'Faherty

Photography's role in documenting 1916 will be celebrated with numerous free events in Dublin this weekend.

The 'Reflecting 1916' programme will see free outdoor projections in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, this Sunday. The projections will look at the contribution of photographs in commemorating the Rising.

Sunday will also see the national premiere of Proclamation, a multi-venue art project by leading figures from the Irish arts scene, and several works of street art throughout the capital.

Meanwhile, the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar will host a selection of historical and amateur photographs of the Rising until May.

Launching the exhibition, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh said the photographs revealed a lot about the rebellion's aftermath.

"I didn't realise the destruction and what the citizens were left to face, and these photos say that without having to be a book with 1,000 pages in it," she said.

She added that the images showed the "tension, the uncertainty and the confusion on the streets of Dublin".

Irish Independent

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