Breaking The Rule Of Silence
Justine McDonnell uses performance, installation and video to offer an unsettling, uneasy exploration regarding the inequalities women are subjected to within Irish society and institutions of incarceration. The unravelling of individual testimonies and a struggle for communication immerses the viewer in a challenging world posing aesthetic questions of human suffering, acceptance, tolerance and the disruption of language. Her work transforms the memories of oppression, shame and humiliation into actions where the female body is a site of endurance and struggle to dominant ideologies. Her work draws on the possibilities of lost and forgotten narratives between recent history and near futures continually reminding the viewer that past is always a presence.