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October 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm IST
Remembrance is a MemoLab a live musical performance featuring Ugandan musician Jeff Korondo and musical performances from Hilary Bow and Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi; poetry from The Feeling Soul by Mary Moynihan performed by Rob Harrington and Ciara Hayes, with poetry by Áine Ni Ghlinn; and At Summer’s End by Féilim James, performed by Carla Ryan. With post-show artist talks by Mary Moynihan, Ireland, writer, theatre and filmmaker and Erika Diettes, Bogota, Colombia, a visual artist and social communicator.
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Jeff Korondo, solo musician, singer, songwriter, Uganda
Rob Harrington, performer
Ciara Hayes, performer
Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi, composer and violinist
Carla Ryan, performer, with Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland
Mary Moynihan is a writer, poet, theatre and film-maker, and Artistic Director, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland. Mary’s work explores stories linked to historical memory in war and conflict and focuses on the role of the arts to promote equality, diversity, human rights, gender equality and peace. Mary is Artistic Curator of the annual Dublin International Arts and Human Rights Festival (DAHRF) and is co-curator with Amna Walayat on the State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence multi-media exhibition.
Erika Diettes (Bogota, Colombia), visual artist and social communicator
Hilary Bow, singer-songwriter
Professor Brandon Hamber, (PI), John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
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Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and partners are delighted to present Remembrance, a cross-cultural artistic performance and post-show artist panel discussion presented for the 2022 Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival. Remembrance is a MemoLab a live musical performance featuring Ugandan musician Jeff Korondo and musical performances from Hilary Bow and Lisa McLoughlin-Gnemmi; poetry from The Feeling Soul by Mary Moynihan performed by Rob Harrington and Ciara Hayes; and At Summer’s End by Féilim James, performed by Carla Ryan. The evening features Artist Talks by Mary Moynihan, Ireland, writer, theatre and film-maker and Erika Diettes, Bogota, Colombia, a visual artist and social communicator. Both artists have work on display in the State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence Multi-Media Exhibition at the Chocolate Factory, King’s Inns Street, Dublin 1 as part of the 2022 Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival.
Jeff Korondo is a solo musician, singer and songwriter from Northern Uganda. Carla Ryan is a singer and actor with Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland and Rob Harrington is a performer with Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland
Erika Diettes (Bogota, Colombia) is a visual artist and social communicator who graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and has a master’s degree in Anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes. Erika’s work focuses on victims of violence. One of Erika’s focuses is her outstanding work with victims of the Colombian armed conflict, an exhaustive work that has been recognized and supported by each of the mourners and victims, who have contributed for her images not only their stories but the objects and crucial references in her creations. She is known internationally thanks to the different places she has taken her exhibitions and the awards she has received. https://www.erikadiettes.com/ Erika presents a talk on her artistic practise and the work on display as part of the State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence Multi-Media Exhibition, exploring themes of grief, disappearances and remembrance.
Mary Moynihan is a writer, theatre and film-maker, and Artistic Director, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality, Ireland. Mary’s work explores stories linked to historical memory in war and conflict and focus on the role of the arts to promote equality and human rights. Mary is co-curator with Amna Walayat on the State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence exhibition for the 2022 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival. Mary presents a talk on her artistic practice and work on display as part of the State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence Multi-Media Exhibition, with a focus on the arts for historical memory and for equality, peace and non-violence. Mary will also speak on her work at the dlr Mill Theatre gallery where she is showing a series of visual art poetic visions consisting of photography and poetry created under the title of The Feeling Soul: Paradise Lost and Found. As part of this work the artist reflects on the internal journey of a person experiencing loss and crisis and the possibility of finding a way through. Reflecting on ‘A Broken Heart, Imperfections, Finding My Way, Dreamscape and Freedom’ the artist explores ways to hold on to the courage to carry on and let ourselves shine.
The Facilitator and speaker and is Professor Brandon Hamber, (PI), John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
MemoLabs are a series of talks, workshops and performances held as public events and taking place from the 14-16 October 2022, Dublin and 17-21 October, Belfast, as part of State of the Art: Transformative Memories in Political Violence Multi-Media Installation and Exhibition in the 2022 Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival. MemoLabs bring together artists, activists, community members and the public to explore the arts and themes of equality, human rights and Transformative Memories in Political Violence.
Based in Kampala, Uganda, Jeff Korondo is an artist who has been performing in Uganda since 1990. He has written, produced, and performed songs on the reintegration of ex-combatants, empathy, the International Criminal Court (ICC), defilement, child sacrifice, malaria prevention, women’s rights, and children’s rights, among others. His music has inspired and encouraged peace and reconciliation in Uganda.
His 2008 album ‘Okwera Nono’ (You Reject Me for Nothing) discourages community members from stigmatizing former abductees and ex-combatants who are reintegrating into society. He has partnered with organizations such as Save the Children, the Concerned Parents Association, and the Northern Uganda Malaria AIDS and Tuberculosis (NUMAT) program to conduct sensitization campaigns involving advocacy songs and community performances.
He is a graduate of Gulu University, where he has pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He is also the owner of Link Printers, one of the only local printers serving post-conflict northern Uganda.
Carla Ryan is an actor, singer and songwriter from Meath. She trained in TU Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and Drama and Columbia College Chicago studying Drama (Performance). She has been working with Smashing Times as an actor since 2016. Professional acting credits include Ettie in At Summers End, Nadine in Shadow of My Soul and Grace Gifford in Grace and Joe. Her performance of Grace and Joe for Constance and Her Friends by Mary Moynihan was hand selected by President Michael D. Higgins to be shown at Áras an Uachtarain for Culture Night 2016.
Carla is one half of the alt-pop duo ELKIN. Carla and best friend, Ellen were writing and singing together from the age of 15 before taking their music to a new level as ELKIN. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Joni Mitchell the duo began writing and performing folk-pop, but it wasn’t until they began working with producer lullahush that ELKIN blended their love of thought-provoking folk lyrics with fierce alt-pop production. ELKIN have played at venues and festivals across Ireland including Longitude and Electric Picnic. Following the release of debut single Paro, ELKIN were named as one of State.ie’s Faces of 2018. Their debut EP, Bad Habits, was released in May 2018. In February 2019, ELKIN released a new single Green Eyes, a collaboration with Æ MAK producer lullahush. In 2020 the duo were awarded funding from The First Music Contact Recording Stimulus Grant to record their debut EP Instant Hit, set for release in 2022.
ELKIN draw influence from the R’n’B, pop, indie and folk worlds. With bassist Peter and guitarist Conor of Hatchlings, plus drummer Rob, “the band display an eclectic mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop beats, bolstered by alternating female vocals and smooth guitars.” Stephen Porzio, Hot Press
Rob has enjoyed both national and international tours over the past 19 years of his acting career. He has most recently performed Tales from an Afterworld (WB Yeats), written by Féilim James and directed by Geraldine McAlinden in Áras an Uachtaráin for President Michael D Higgins. Some of his favourite theatre productions include The Shadow of a Gunman (The New Theatre, directed by Ronan Wilmot), Pinter x 4 (Pearse Centre, directed by Peter Reid), Scabs (Theatre Upstairs directed by Liam Halligan) In Arabia We’d all be Kings (Beckett Theatre, directed by Liam Hallihan), Mary Stuart (The Grand Lodge, Liam Halligan) and La Locandiera (Edinburgh Fringe festival, directed Alice Coghlan). His screen work includes ‘A date for Mad Mary’, ‘Vaudevillians’, ‘The Comeback’, ‘Twitchy’, ‘The saviour of Dublin City’, ‘Ctrl’, ‘The Guarantee’, ‘The Enchanted Island’, ‘Two Margaritas and one Daiquiri’ amongst other independent films. Rob is also a seasoned theatre and screen workshop facilitator.
Mary Moynihan, (she/her), MA, is an award-winning writer, director, theatre and film-maker, an interdisciplinary artist and one of Ireland’s most innovative arts and human rights artists creating work to promote the arts, human rights, climate justice, gender equality, diversity and peace.
Mary is Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and works collaboratively with artists and over 50 organisations across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally, using the arts to promote rights and values for all. Company patrons of Smashing Times are Sabina Coyne Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, Ger Ryan, actor and Tim Pat Coogan, writer and historian. Founding patrons were writers Maeve Binchy and Brian Friel.
Mary’s work has won a number of awards including the Allianz Business to Arts Awards, a GSK Ireland Impact Award, a Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award, a National Lottery Good Cause Award, the international #ArtsAgainstCovid award, an Arts Council Project Award and an Arts Council Agility Award.
Mary is Artistic Curator for the annual Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival implemented by Smashing Times and Front Line Defenders in partnership with Amnesty International, Fighting Words, ICCL, NWCI, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Trócaire and Poetry Ireland, funded by The Arts Council. The aim of the festival is to showcase and highlight the extraordinary work of human rights defenders in Ireland and around the world, past and present, and the role of the arts and artists in promoting human rights today.
Mary’s artistic practice encompasses theatre, film, literature, poetry, and curatorship. Mary’s work focuses on primal, visceral and intuitive responses to vulnerability and conflict and an exploration of self and the other. Her work explores an interconnectedness of the body, voice and imagination, revealing the inner life through physical and spiritual energies and intuitive engagements. Mary has a focus on using historical memory in her artistic practice as inspiration for the creation of original artworks across a range of mediums, remembering stories of ordinary yet powerful women and men from history and today who stood up for the rights of others.
As a playwright, Mary’s work includes the highly acclaimed The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII co-written with Paul Kennedy, Fiona Thompson and Féilim James; A Beauty that will Pass; Constance and Her Friends – selected by President Michael D. Higgins for performance at Áras an Uachtaráin for Culture Night 2016; In One Breath from the award-winning Testimonies(co-written with Paul Kennedy); and Shadow of My Soul, May Our Faces Haunt You and Silent Screams.
Mary’s film work includes the hour-long documentary Stories from the Shadows, the short film Tell Them Our Names, inspired by women’s stories of WWII and selected for the London Eye International Film Festival and Kerry Film Festival, the creative documentary Women in an Equal Europe and the short film Courageous Women inspired by powerful women’s stories from the 1916 to 1923 decade of commemorations period in Irish history.
Erika Diettes (Colombia, 1978) is a visual artist and social communicator who graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and has a master’s degree in Anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes. Both her double degree and her anthropological background are reflected in her exhibitions as well as in her publications, due to the clear intention of establishing an intimate dialogue between her work and the observer. This can be evidenced in her work as she puts the knowledge, she has at her disposal to intervene artistically, taking into account a previous process of research and critical analysis of the context and its protagonists. As a result, there is a confluence between image, message, and process, a trinity that is the conceptual and structural cornerstone of all her works. One of Erika Diettes’ focuses is her outstanding work with victims of the Colombian armed conflict. An exhaustive work that has been recognized and supported by each of the mourners and victims, who have contributed for her images not only their stories but the objects and crucial references in her creations. She is also known internationally thanks to the different places she has taken her exhibitions and the awards she has received. Among them was a nomination for the Visionary Awards in 2015 where she was a finalist, and as a winner of the Tim Hetherington Trust Scholarship and the World Press Photo Foundation Fellowship (2017-2018).
In April 2019 Erika Diettes was selected as part of the group of women artists, leaders, and intellectuals who within each of their respective fields are exemplary for their contribution to commemorating and celebrating the achievements and struggle of women around the world. Her exhibition SUDARIOS has been chosen to open the cultural calendar of the city of Liverpool, England, dedicated throughout 2019 to celebrate and commemorate International Women’s Day.
Website link: https://www.erikadiettes.com/
Lisa Mc Loughlin-Gnemmi is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where she received her B.Mus Hons degree. She is a lecturer in violin at the TU Dublin Conservatoire for Music and Drama. She gained her masters in performance at TU Dublin studying under Joanna Matkowska. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland under conductors Alexander Anissimov, George Hurst and Gerhardt Markson. She also worked with Lyric Opera and The Irish Film Orchestra. She has regularly performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra.
Performances with the RTECO include a chamber music recital for the commemoration of the 1916 rising at The Irish Museum of Modern Art in the presence of An t-Uachtarán and with a group of members of the RTECO playing a new composition by Simon O’ Connor narrated by actress Olwen Fouéré. Other concerts included ‘Back to the Future’, ‘The Godfather’ with film music by Nino Rota, ‘The Music of John Williams’ film music and RTECO’s recording of the music of Steve Mc Keon for the film ‘Norm of the North’.
Lisa has performed at the Dublin Metropolis Festival, RDS and at The Button Factory, Temple Bar with DJ Kormac. Lisa has also toured France, South Africa and the US as solo violinist with Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’. Solo and chamber music recitals include DIT, Trinity College Dublin, The Goethe institute, UCD and The John Field Room, N.C.H. and The Galway Arts Festival.
Lisa recently performed at Dublin Castle for a production of ‘Constance and her Friends’ a play about Constance Markievicz and activists during the 1916 rising written by Mary Moynihan and performed by Smashing Times. Passionate about teaching as well as performing, Lisa gives masterclasses, prepares students for exams, recitals and Feis Ceoil competitions. Lisa is married to oboist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Sylvain Gnemmi. They have four children and live in Dublin.
Hilary Bow is a singer-songwriter based in Cork, Ireland. Her debut album Sean Nova (in 2005) followed her cocktail bar experiences. Sean Nova was a collection of reworkings of jazz standards translated into Irish, played in a bossa nova style. She has worked with IMRAM on numerous, similar projects, including Irish translations of the songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, and Van Morrison. The Réaltnach (Starman), Bow’s latest album, released in 2016, sees her collaborate with Liam Ó Maonlaoí, the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, poet, Gabriel Rosenstock, and visual artist, Margaret Lonergan, to bring Irish-language renditions of some of Bowie’s songs to the IMRAM Irish Language Literature festival.