Sara Greavu - And your feet unable to find the ground
In this commissioned work,which was the first project in the Resistance and Rebellion project, Sara Greavu was asked to respond to Artlink's Fort Dunree site in relation to Wolfe Tone's capture there in 1798 and subsequent re-enactments of the event, notably that which was staged in Buncrana in 1948.
The work considers the revolutionary moment of 1798, setting it against the current economic climate of Ireland and Inishowen and the revolutionary possibilities of today. It explores the genre of reenactment, embracing the substitutions, distortions, displacements and inaccuracies inherent in the reenactment process; in the imposition of the present and imagined future upon the past.
Frederick Jameson, in the essay 'Historicism in The Shining' draws a parallel between the ghost story and the historical novel. << What is the [historical novel] if not an attempt to raise the dead, to stage a hallucinatory fantasmagoria in which the ghosts of a vanished past once again meet in a costumed revel, surprised by the mortal eye of the contemporary spectator-voyeur? >>
Here the re-enactor can be seen as a necromancer, raising the dead to divine the future. A collaboratiion with Moville Clothing company to produce the uniforms for the reenactment provided an opportunity to link these concerns with the work of one of the few remaining industries on the Inishowen peninsula.
As part of the project Sara delivered an outreach project Tangled Histories.