Talk by Helen Carey, Director and Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art.
I found Helen Carey’s discussion of the process of “commemoration” very interesting, what it actually means to commemorate and how it is connected to cultural identity, mentioning Pierre Nora. She spoke about the fact that memory and morality are closely connected and that the oral tradition of passing on ‘memories’ continued right up until the 19th Century. With her curatorship of “The Lockout” she wanted the artists to represent the past by making work that was relevant NOW – but still had a resonance with 1913.
T.S. Eliot, The Quartet
“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable”.