In 1916, when Padraic Pearse, Irish republican and leader of the ‘Easter Rising’, decided to surrender, he asked midwife Elizabeth O’Farrell to make the perilous walk to deliver his message to the British army. Setting off down a Dublin street where some of the dead still held white flags in their hands, Elizabeth O’Farrell was watched from the door by Julia Grenan, referred to in documents as her ‘friend and lifelong companion’. This is the story of those days.
Jaki Irvine is an artist who lives and works in Dublin and Mexico City. She is concerned with how we come to imagine and understand ourselves from within our privacy and often uses video installation as a way to reflect on moments where this process, awkwardly and unavoidably, comes spilling into the public spaces of our lives. Publications include The Square Root of Minus One in Plus or Minus 1: Assembled Works 1993-2008, Michael Newman/Jaki Irvine.