I want to talk about TG4, the Irish language television channel that we have here in Ireland. It’s good because it’s different. “Súil eile” is the motto, which means: another viewpoint or perspective – and that’s exactly what it is. It tells stories that you wouldn’t hear on the other channels. The other day, I was watching a story about a wonderful couple who adopted a child from Romania in 1993. That’s them in the photo above.
It’s subtitled in English, as you can see above, but the fact that it is in Irish means that it doesn’t have to follow the usual clichéd format that is the general diet of TV in this corner of the world. It’s more personal, I think – and it’s also more diverse. You could be watching something about Romania or Malawi or the Congo, or even Harold’s Cross (!).
And of course, there’s Imeall. That’s the arts Programme. A great arts programme, produced by Red Shoe Productions. (‘Imeall’ means: ‘the edge’) Presented by Tristan Rosenstock, it has been chronicling cultural life in Ireland and providing a wonderful insight into the Irish artworld since 2008. And of course, I’m unashamedly plugging it this week because they’re going to feature my solo exhibition “Diaspora” on it, on the 6th of October. (I suppose you were wondering where I was going with this – well, now you know)
Kate Finnegan came to the Olivier Cornet Gallery last week to do an interview and we spent some time discussing the work and its origins. Generally speaking I wouldn’t be keen on doing interviews but Kate made it all seem easy and relaxed.
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