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Roísín Loughrey, Artist in Residence 2020

Portfolio of previous work (Please click on image to enlarge):

 
 

Artist Statement: My work has always been about story and place. Having come from a background in physical theatre, I then trained as a filmmaker, then as a visual artist, finding ways to tell stories through documentary, narrative film, photography, experimental and interactive art practices. My work has nearly always been rooted in community and my current interest is the intersection between these practices and how they can serve people, place and story.

Since completing the training in the Scandar Copti method of directing the non-actor I have become increasingly interested in how this can apply to both my own film practice and my work as a socially engaged community artist.
How can we tell our own community’s stories? How can we help our community tell their own stories? How can we ensure that they have a voice that is heard and a presence that is seen? How can we make the often invisible, visible?

As a filmmaker and artist I am concerned with representation and integration.
In the increasingly networked age we live in, how are our communities being served, how are their stories being told? Can my practice as a film director and video artist create a new way of seeing and being seen?

PERCEPTIBLE is an exciting new body of work exploring all of these themes whilst pushing my own practice into a more intersectional and interesting space.

Biography: Róisín Loughrey is a filmmaker and artist living in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. Having attained an honours degree in English literature, Sociology & Politics she worked in theatre for several years, spending a year with physical theatre company ArtsLab. She then went on to study filmmaking at the National Film School (IADT) winning numerous international awards for her graduate film, Fall Into Half-Angel. She has screened her films at home and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; V&A Museum of Childhood (MoC), London; SmartLab International Symposium, London; Independent Exposure, Seattle / San Francisco/Anchorage/ Houston and Film Expo Texas. She has won many international awards for her films including the prestigious Silver Dove at the Leipzig International Film Festival. Her films have also been shown on RTE, TG4, TV3 and Arté.
She has been on several national & international artist residencies and in 2013 attained an MFA at the National College of Art & Design.

Róisín is currently working with the St. Patrick’s Park community group on a Creative Leitrim funded project ‘The Park’. She is also collaborating with Northern Ireland based choreographer Dylan Quinn (Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre) on Border Lives, a community film about the border.