Artist Talk by Liliane Lijn
In conversation with Dr Georgina Jackson

Tuesday, March 27, 6.30pm
Teatar Mhairtin Ui Chadhain
Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2

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We are delighted to share details of this upcoming artist talk by Liliane Lijn in which she will discuss her current exhibition with Dr Georgina Jackson, Director of the Douglas Hyde Gallery. In the second instalment of ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series, Liliane Lijn has been invited to present her work in Gallery 2 by Tamara Henderson.

Lijn is perhaps most renowned for her pioneering work in kinetic art. Since the early 1960s, she has woven her interest in science and industry into her practice. With access to industrial machinery and tools, and through studying the physics of energy and light, she began creating sculptures with technically accomplished interplays of technology and text. Her preoccupation with language and poetry as well as sophisticated material forms together impart her feminist vision of the body and the human condition.

In response to Henderson’s invitation, Lijn has selected a work from a relatively recent stage in her career. Look a Doll! My Mother’s Story (1998 - 2000) is a film which has its roots in a limited edition self-published book by the artist, Her Mother’s Voice (1996 – 1998). Following a disturbing dream, the artist began to interview her mother, who endured persecution and forced migration as a result of the anti-Semitism and violence of Europe in the years leading up to World War II, and whose escape to America brought a painful loss of identity and sense of self. Look a Doll! My Mother’s Story continues the project of generational dialogue through filmed interviews with her mother, who was then experiencing the early stages of dementia, cut with photomontage and archival footage.

Admission is free and all are welcome; there is no need to book a place.


Image: Liliane Lijn, My Mother, Helena Segall, 1947,  photograph courtesy of the artist.