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Sean Lynch: Book Launch, Discussion & Performance

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John Hansard Gallery

142-144 Above Bar Street

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Join Sean Lynch to launch his new book, Bardlore, accompanied by an informal discussion and performance by media cooperative SlackSpace.

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Alongside his current John Hansard Gallery exhibition, A Murmur, Repeated, join Sean Lynch for an informal discussion. With Andrew Russel, Archaeology Unit Manager, Ancient Monuments Officer and War Memorials Officer at Southampton City Council and Joanne Laws, Features Editor, The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, introduced by John Hansard Gallery’s Exhibitions Curator, Nadia Thondrayen.

We will also be launching Lynch's new publication, Bardlore, featuring an essay by acclaimed author and Booker Prize 2019 nominee, Kevin Barry (author of the novel City of Bohane and two short-story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms), and further writings by the artist himself.

On the evening we will additionally be hosting a performance by cross media creative cooperative, SlackSpace, responding to A Murmur, Repeated. The group involves people from a wide variety of artistic backgrounds, working together to create freely without the expectations and limitations of individual practices.

A Murmur, Repeated is a new exhibition by Sean Lynch (b.1978, Kerry, Ireland) that explores Southampton's urban fabric and Ireland's bardic tradition. Alongside a varied collection of artefacts, props and sculptures, Lynch presents a new film shot in Southampton with collaborators Gina Moxley and Timmy Creed. In this film, a 17th century Irish bard travels through time to contemporary Southampton. Through the ensuing surreal narrative, the bard encounters an abandoned Toys R Us car park, Southampton's geothermal power plant, budget hotels and city centre streetscape.

Lynch’s central characters are caught between the desire to fit into our contemporary world and the seemingly more liberal and poetic life of the past. Along the way they offer up many opinions about the construction of public space and the role of history.

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