Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Stormy Petrel / Guairdeall

Orla Ryan, Alanna O'Kelly & Brian Hand

01 Nov 2016 - 29 Jan 2017 |

A collaboration by artists Orla Ryan, Alanna O'Kelly and Brian Hand exploring the symbolism of the Stormy Petrel, the world's smallest seabird, as a metaphor for someone who is an avatar of change and who announces an oncoming storm. In 1916 the Stormy Petrel was an international symbol of revolution and the anti-colonial imagination.

The artists explore the role of women couriers who memorised the Proclamation on their journeys out of Dublin early on Easter Monday morning. The women became human telegraphs, the pressure of the despatch always with them. We rise at noon. Obey your orders. Telephone, scrap, glance. Once the rebellion had started, delivering the message and getting back to Dublin was not straightforward.

Originally commissioned as part of the An Post GPO Witness History public art commissions for 2016 and then exhibited in The Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi, Stormy Petrel/ Guairdeall in VISUAL will take the form of a sculptural sound installation, publication, film and guest appearance of the work of Vietnamese American artist Huong Ngo in the Gallery Entrance.

Associated Events

Artists Talk & Tour of Exhibition
Sat 12th November, 4.30pm, Free