Amanda Coogan’s performance Possession explored the subject of the rediscovery of lost female artists and as always, was thought provoking and visually stimulating.
Artist Amanda Coogan was invited by the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Education department to create/perform a work in response to themes explored in the exhibition Eva Gonzales is What Dublin Needs. Coogan’s installation The Possession Project explored the subject of the rediscovery of lost female artists, much like the Gonzales exhibition, with a particular focus on female figures. Coogan’s performance, as always, was thought provoking and visually stimulating and is available to view here below. Her work also referenced James Joyce’s Ulysses as her installation was presented through 18 chapters with her performance evolving from Gallery 18 through the Gonzales exhibition gallery spaces and back to Gallery 18. Coogan’s performances in the Hugh Lane were part of her research into the Irish playwright Teresa Deevy and a wish to create a work that does justice to Deevy’s ballet Possession which was never performed. Stunnning footage of Amanda’s performance at the Hugh Lane with collaborators from the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf and the South East Technological University was aired on RTÉ television as part of the documentary Tribute: The Teresa Deevy Story and can be viewed here https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/tribute-the-teresa-deevy-story/326740520026
This performance at the Hugh Lane Gallery was presented as part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s education programmes accompanying Eva Gonzales is what Dublin needs, June 2022.