Talk by Dr Gillian Wylie
'He smuggled... and they could live'
Thinking about the dilemmas and dynamics of human smuggling in today's migration crisis

Wednesday March 21, 2018, 1.15pm

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The Douglas Hyde Gallery is pleased to share details of this upcoming talk by sociologist Dr Gillian Wylie, in which she will discuss the dilemmas and dynamics of human smuggling in today's migration crisis, in the context of the exhibition The Artist's Eye: Liliane Lijn. Assistant Professor of International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Dr Wylie’s research and teaching expertise is in the areas of human trafficking, migration, international politics and gender issues in war and peace-building. She is the author of the recently published book The International Politics of Human Trafficking, Palgrave 2016.

The title for this talk quotes a line from the artist Liliane Lijn's film Look a Doll! My Mother's Story (1998 - 2000) currently on show in Gallery 2. The work, which dates from a relatively recent stage in Lijn's career, has its roots in a limited edition self-published book by the artist, Her Mother’s Voice (1996 – 1998). Following a disturbing dream, Lijn 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.

As always, admission is free and all are welcome. No booking necessary. 

Image: Still from Liliane Lijn, Look a Doll! My Mother’s Story (1998 - 2000), 60 minutes shot on Sony digital video, edited on Beta SP. Camera: John Bulmer, Editor: Michael Franks, Rostrum Camera: Ken Morse. Made with the financial aid of the London Production Fund. Courtesy of the artist.