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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, 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, 2021

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

About the Artist

Sandra Johnston b.1968

Sandra Johnston (Northern Ireland) has worked internationally since 1992, working predominantly in the areas of site-responsive performance and installation. Her actions have often involved exploring the aftermath of trauma through developing acts of commemoration as forms of testimony and empathetic encounter. Her practice-based investigation into issues of ‘trauma of place’ were extended as a PhD project entitled – Beyond Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation of Doubt, Risk and Testimony Through Performance Art Processes in Relation to Systems of Legal Justice published in 2013 with LIT (Berlin). She has been a co-founder and committee member of various artist-run collectives in Belfast, notably: CATALYST ARTS and BBEYOND. Some of her most recent performances and projects include: Here-to-Here, Notwithstanding, Fierce Festival 2019, Birmingham, UK (upcoming); The Biennial of Curitiba and p.ARTE Festival 2019 – Curitiba, Southern Brazil (upcoming); Asiatopia 20th Performance Festival, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2018), Live Action 13, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018), Minimal, Poor, Present, as part of Glasgow International 2018, Scotland (2018), We Shout and Shout, But No One Listens: Art from Conflict Zones, CAMP/ Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017), Rise Up: Ending Racism, Poverty and War, part of Freedom City Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2017), Future Histories, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin (2016), Border Crossings, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, Australia (2016), Lay Allude, with Alastair MacLennan, Bòlit Museum, Girona, Spain (2016), Tangible Live, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland (2015), VIVA! Art Action, Montréal, Canada (2015).
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