Thursday, March 6, 2014

Una Spain

St. Brigid's from Úna Spain on Vimeo.

Una Spain's haunting photographic study of  St. Brigid’s psychiatric hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway as part of her "Marking Time" project. "Space, time and memory are addressed in the project Marking Time. Documenting three specific sites, an archive of images has been generated to convey the impact of the disappearance of three highly prominent institutions in Ballinasloe, County Galway. The empty Mercy Convent, closed wards in St Brigid’s Psychiatric Hospital and the remnants of the A.T. Cross pen factory all lie in a liminal state, awaiting new function. Collectively, they reference the intertwined influences of church, state and economy. This work pinpoints these sites as indicators of a rapidly changing local landscape which can be linked to real people and lived experience through modes of portraiture."

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