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Dirty Museum

Richardson, Craig (2016) Dirty Museum. Journal of Visual Art Practice. ISSN 1470-2029 (In Press)

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A visual essay consisting of uncaptioned images which recover an item of past auto-ethnographic reflection. The images originate from only one roll of 35 mm B+W film which in 1991 documented the derelict fabric of a pre-restored emotive site in Irish national memory. In Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin the leaders of the Easter 1916 uprising were executed by firing squad. The essay describes author’s failed attempts to engage with the site beyond its solemn facticity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photograph; Ireland; Museum; auto-ethnography; Dirty; History.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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List of cited works: Jack B. Yeats, 'Communicating with Prisoners' (1924).

15 uncaptioned black and white photographs (1991 and 2011). All images: Craig Richardson.


Cooke, P., ‘Kilmainham Gaol: Interpreting Irish nationalism and Republicanism’ (2000), Open Museum Journal vol. 2.

Latham, A. 'research, performance, and doing human geography: some reflections on the diary photograph, diary-interview method.’ Environment and Planning A vol. 35, 2003.

Depositing User: Craig Richardson
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2016 12:33
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 18:33


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