Curraghinalt is the first work in a three-part video series (“Dtan-a-goo-saran-dthu (The Wind’s Changed”) that explores the changing ecology of a particular landscape in the Sperrin Mountains of West Tyrone, in the North of Ireland. This single-channel video, which utilises documentary forms, dislocated sound, and voices and images that are woven together, explores collective memory and moments of testimony from individual members of a small rural community based at the Greencastle Peoples Office – a collection of caravans high in the mountains that overlook a valley of farmland. The camp coalesced in early 2018 in response to plans that Dalradian Gold Limited submitted to The Department for Infrastructure in the North of Ireland. The sequence follows a conversation with community members including farmers, lorry drivers, engineers and retired people, at the Greencastle Peoples Office in 2019 on day 387 of their occupation of land acquired by the mining company. This dialogue, which shifts between shared experiences and personal accounts, converges with wider questions of solidarity, political representation, sovereignty, the circulation of capital, ideologies of capitalism and particular legacies of historical colonialism. Click here to view Curraghinalt online.
A Platform Commission for the 39th EVA International with additional support from The British Council.
Emily McFarland is an artist that uses video and installation to reflect on narrative constructions of counter-culturalism and political protest. McFarland lives and works in Co. Tyrone and Glasgow. Recent exhibitions and screenings include The Complex Seer, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry (2017); Draft Systems, WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw (2017); In the Jungle of Cities, Glasgow International, Glasgow (2016). McFarland is a recipient of the PS² Artist Development Programme funded by the Freelands Foundation; and the Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Award (2017-2018); and is a co-founder of the artist run publishing imprint Soft. Fiction Projects.