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Amend is a solo performance (within a collective environment of artists working simultaneously), that orginally took place as part of RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW project, at Kilmainham Gaol, organized by the Performance Collective, Dublin. This event was a collective action with twenty Irish performance artists all making simultaneous performances inside a wing of the historical Kilmainham Jail that is now a museum. Each performer had an individual concept and separate space to install their work.

The most compelling aspect of being inside the cells was the relationship between the physical dimensions of the space to the scale of a human body. Therefore, Johnston devised the performance in response to this compressed sensation of space by developing a system of continuous movements that applied discipline to measuring distances, particularly marking the idea of a stride in reaction to the containment.

Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4216
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Sandra Johnston, Amend, 2010, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Sandra Johnston b.1968

Northern Irish artist Sandra Johnston uses performance and installation to explore the aftermath of trauma through acts of commemoration as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Johnston is a co-founder of collectives including CATALYST ARTS and BBEYOND. She completed a PhD research project ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation into Concepts of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Explored Through Consideration of Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice’ in 2013.

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