The Complex launches a new Public Art Exhibition on Benburb Street.

 

RELATIVE

 

to commemorate the 1916 Fourcourts Volunteers and their relatives.

 

Photographer Steve McCullagh, curated by The Complex.

Commissioned in partnership with the Law Society of Ireland.

 

The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 24th March 2016 in the Blue Room, The Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, from 6 to 8 pm, by Brid Smith, TD for Dublin South Central, who has taken part in the exhibition.

‘Paddy Holohan, grandson of Patrick Holohan, one of the volunteer leaders, contacted The Complex to collaborate on an artistic piece for the relatives of the 1916 Fourcourts Volunteers. We responded with this concept of photographs, showing a living relative alongside a volunteer, revealing the emancipation of the living relative, achieved by the brave actions of the volunteer. It was generously commissioned in partnership with the Law Society of Ireland’. Vanessa Fielding, Artistic Director, the Complex.

‘The location of the exhibition is significant to the Rising. On Easter Monday 1916, Commandant Edward Daly mustered the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers at Blackhall Street. They proceeded to occupy key buildings and construct barricades to control the streets west of O’Connell Street. Their centre of operations was Church Street and over three hundred Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and Fianna Éireann took part. Some of the fiercest fighting of the Easter Rising took place along North King Street with many British, rebel and civilian casualties. The rebels surrendered at the Four Courts on Saturday 29th under the instruction of Patrick Pearse. A company of men separated from the main battalion surrendered on Sunday 30th.’ Paddy Holohan.

The exhibition will run from March until December 2016.