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The basis of Amanda Coogan’s practice is the live event, followed directly by photography and video, either taken from the live performance or produced in and around an action.

Born hearing to deaf parents, Irish sign language was her first language and this has profoundly influenced her work. Coogan believes it is why she has become a performance-based visual artist. Her art communicates through the body and it often deals with the concept of ‘otherness’ or not belonging and the outward expression of the subconscious. Amanda has used sign language to shoot an MTV style rap piece based on the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.

This photograph, Medea, is taken from a three-hour performance, involving telling the secrets of the deaf community through Irish sign language. These are stories of oppression, humiliation, and sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the clergy.

MediumChromogenic print from digital file, mounted on diabond
Dimensions92 x 123 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
EditionEdition 2/3
Item NumberIMMA.1905
Image Caption
Amanda Coogan, Medea, 2001, Chromogenic print from digital file, mounted on diabond, 92 x 123 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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About the Artist

Amanda Coogan b.1971

Irish artist Amanda Coogan works largely in durational performance presented in the gallery as live exhibition. Coogan graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1998. Born to deaf parents, Irish sign language was her first language and has continued to have a profound influence on her practice. Coogan has been included in major exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, 2003 and the Liverpool Biennial, 2004. She received the Allied Irish Bank’s Art prize in 2004.
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