During the residency with Artlink at Fort Dunree McFarland will develop a new 16mm film loosely based on a three-act play by Irish playwright Brian Friel titled, Translations. Located in BaileBeag - a fictional village in Co.Donegal - the play is set in the year 1833, a time marked by the beginning of more active intervention into Ireland by Britain. The play focuses on themes of language issues, post-colonialism, identity and culture which play out in the isolated community and hedge school in rural Co.Donegal. In spite of the rural isolation, tales of Greek goddesses are as common as the local oral histories and in addition to Irish, Latin and Greek are spoken in the local hedge schools too. Translations uses language as a tool to explore the inherent problems of communication and narratives which are lost and potentially gained in each act of name place translation, including lingual, cultural and generational, and is a starting point for the new work.
Emily McFarland is an artist working in Belfast and Glasgow. She studied at The National College of Art and Design (IRL) before completing an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art. McFarland is currently a recipient of the Freelands Artist Programme at PS2, and a previous recipient of the major Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Award (2017-18) in partnership with LUX and Artist Moving Image Northern Ireland; Culture Ireland Fund (2016 & 2017) and was awarded the Creative LAB residency at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2018), and Digital Art Studios Residency, Belfast (2015). She is a co-founder of Soft Fiction Projects, an artist-run organisation devoted to producing digital and printed matter, providing a platform for new artworks, collaborations, writing and exhibitions, and is a former co-director of Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.
Exhibitions include; No Longer Peripheral, (Screening) AEMI & The Douglas Hyde Gallery - Dublin (IRL); EVA INTERNATIONAL 2020 - Limerick (IRL); The Complex Seer (Solo), The Centre for Contemporary Art - Derry-Londonderry (UK); Draft Systems, WRO Media Art Biennale - Wroclaw (PL); CYFEST 10, New York Media Art Centre - (NYC), Taiga Creative Space - Saint Petersburg (RU) & SOFA - Bogota (CO); In the Jungle of Cities, GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL - Glasgow (UK); Í DRÖGUM, Akureyri Art Museum - Akueyri (ISL); Artist Moving Image Northern Ireland, (Screening), Platform Arts - Belfast (UK); ScreenGrab, Pinnacles Gallery - Townsville, (AU); An Other Ending, Glasgow Open House - Glasgow (UK).
Experimental 16mm Film Workshop
Sunday 27th October 2pm - 5pm
While at Artlink Emily will be leading an experimental 16mm film workshop. This will be run as a drop-in event, open to adults and children over 10 years of age. The event is free.