Kevin Gaffney




Far from the reach of the sun

A Numbness in the Mouth

The mirror is dark and inky

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands

Everything Disappears

Seeing Colours in an Oil Slick

The Moonless Ocean

Being In the Twofold World


An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable



Bio & CV







Everything Disappears, excerpt. Original duration: 16mins, Mandarin with English Subtitles, 2014.


Everything Disappears was filmed in Taipei with four participants (Revanshu, William Hsu, Lucie Chen & Issac Tsai) who answered an open call to perform in a film exploring self-image, identity and relationships. Gaffney worked closely with the participants: formulating scenes together in a collaborative process and filming each participant in their home. The film unfolds across Taiwanese cityscapes and intimate portraits in seven chapters: (i) Everything Disappears, (ii) I Grip Tightly to the Sand, (iii) An Exercise in Forgetting, (iv) The Elephant on the Roof, (v) They are Known by Many Names, (vi) The Ghost Ship, and (vii) The Closed Eyes of a Stranger.

The central chapter, The Elephant on the Roof, is spoken by a voice actor and tells of a young gay man’s stay in a psychiatric hospital in order to escape military conscription. As an unseen fifth participant, his story describes needing to perform his mental illness in order for it to be observable by doctors, and the deterioration of his grasp on reality that followed.



Solo exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre, Northern Ireland, December 2016- January 2017.


Installation at 'Other Forms of Relations,' MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November- 7th December 2014.


Installation of Korean translation of Everything Disappears at 'Other Forms of Relations,' MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November- 7th December 2014.


Solo exhibition at Block 336, London, Nov- Dec 2017. Curated by Kathleen Soriano.


Installation at 'The Numbers Station,' Ulster University Art Gallery, Belfast School of Art, February 2015.

Read an article by Kevin Gaffney in Visual Artists Ireland news-sheet about the making of the film here:


Everything Disappears was created on residency at the Taipei Artist Village, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Film Project Award. Post-production was supported by the Fire Station Artist Studio's Digital Media Award.

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