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Darkroom Residency # 2: Leonie Tang
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Leonie Tang

"Memory is life, borne by living societies founded in its name... History, on the other hand, is the reconstruction, always problematic and incomplete, of what is no longer." - Pierre Nora

Leonie Tang will develop and present 'between document and memory' - a project based around the archive's of Ned Dunphy, scanning seven decades across a changing Ireland and its developing photographic technologies (c1920 -1980). This darkroom residency will give the artist a unique opportunity to examine, print, and archive the Dunphy collection. Tang's project itself examines the relevance of public and individual memory in relation to the formation of local and national history. Using her work with Ned's Archive as a model, the artist will actively engage both older people and the youth community in collaboratively constructing a local history of Buncrana. Through the process of collecting written, oral, photographic and pictorial remnants from the people of Ínis Eoghain, these focus groups will explore, assemble and present both official and unofficial histories. While Fort Dunree will provide an illuminating setting for both the artist and the local community to display work, the exhibition will be hosted on the occasion of the national bealtaine festival of arts for older people - presenting Fort Dunree as a site of celebration of local and national history, heritage, and culture.

The Buncrana Story

"History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us, all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighborhood, your community."

Donegal Artlink during the May 2011 Bealtaine Arts Festival for Older People are hosting an exhibition in Fort Dunree. This exhibition will be created by you, and will represent a collective history of Buncrana, containing both the official facts, and the public or individual memories.

Do you have something to contribute to Buncrana's Story?
If so, we would like to invite you, the people of Buncrana to take part in process of reviving your local history!

We are looking for old and new photographs, drawings and stories. And consider everything from to old letters to dance cards, to scrap books or newspaper clippings to old receipts to passed down tales of folklore as part of Buncrana's Story.

If you would like to contribute please contact: thebuncranastory@gmail.com or via Facebook : Buncrana's Story

For more info on the Ned Dunphy archive see http://leonietang.com/

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