Kevin Gaffney

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Work

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

Dusting

An Oral Fixation

The Unnameable

The Black Plum

 

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Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands, preview. Original duration: 5mins 37sec, Korean with English subtitles, 2015.

 

Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands begins with a news report, part pastiche and part allegory, about the activities of birds navigating the border between North & South Korea. We are then introduced to one of the characters, who uses a telescopic lens to imagine what the moon looks like when viewed from the North. Interspersed throughout the film, an almost full moon moves across the screen, acting as a clock against which all the characters exist. Next, from these outward observations, we move into a character’s dissatisfaction with a controlling relationship. Finally, an internal monologue, ruminating and fixating on death, leads us back to both the absence and presence of war; "An alarm sounds for the train’s arrival. It recalls a bomb shelter siren, and is quite at odds with the shiny cars lining up at the railroad crossing."

Filmed on location in Seoul and in purpose-built sets, three participants from South Korea (Hyunyoung Ryu, Daewon Yun and Sulah Kwon) narrate the film and perform the roles. Written & directed by Kevin Gaffney.

Supported by the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Artists, on residency at MMCA Changdong.

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

 

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

 

Out There, Thataway at CCA Derry~Londonderry, 8th August- 26th September 2015.

 

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Work-in-progress at Open Studio, MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November 2014.

 

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Work-in-progress at Open Studio, MMCA Residency Changdong, Seoul, South Korea. 14th November 2014.