Thursday 29th October 2015 at 6.00pm
Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ
O’Donnell will be talking about how her current practice was strongly influenced by her experiences in Eastern Europe at the start of her career. She will take you on a journey through a series of photos, film, and poetry, relating it to action art before the communist regime. Quite often the only witness to performance/action art at this time was a camera, which was forbidden as it was seen as a threat to the state.
Sinéad O’Donnell has worked in performance, installation, site and time-based art for the past 20 years. Her work explores identity, borders and barriers and she often uses her body to investigate both her own and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to the restrictions placed on women. Despite deliberately avoiding the sensationalisation of the body, her works often promote strong reactions and emotions.
Recent work has been presented at Perfo, Tempere, Finland (2015), Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK, Voices Travel, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2014), Asiatopia, Bangkok Arts & Cultural Centre, Thailand (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, (2013), Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, (2012), Southbank Centre, London (2012). iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, managed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.