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Jonathan Cummins

Depth of Field: A Longitudinal Film Dialogue on the Margins of Ireland's Conflict

This PhD by prior practice draws on an extensive body of film-based work, produced between 2006 and 2016, to address ethical and methodological questions surrounding the representation of political violence and the role of public spaces. The four inter-connecting works, comprised of three film installations and a short film, trace the impact of a militant ideological conviction on self, family and community over time through a sustained conversation of more than ten years with several IRA anti-Agreement activists and their uninvolved families. 


Jonathan is a lecturer at Belfast Art School, Ulster University. His work, made for gallery and screen, is approached as a process of enquiry and engagement, addressing themes such as ideological belief, political violence and the complexity of representation. It has been exhibited with EVA, Limerick (2016); Void, Derry (2013/14); The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2013); La Belle Friche de Mai, Marseilles (2013); NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2013); Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2009); Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin and other locations and events. He also curates, including exhibitions for artists such as Andrei Molodkin, Brian Maguire, Katrina Palmer, Santiago Sierra, Phil Collins, John Gerrard and Eija-Liisa Ahtila. He graduated with an MFA from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he also studied screenwriting.