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‘Open Season’ was made in 1997 and was first shown in ‘Once is Too Much…’, an exhibition of work dealing with the subject of violence against women. The exhibition was made by women from the Family Resource Centre Inchicore, working in collaboration with artists Joe Lee, Rhona Henderson, Rochelle
Rubenstien and Ailbhe Murphy, and with the Education and Community department of IMMA. In this installation the viewer confronts the stark reality of events that are all too frequently reported in the media. The piece traces the patterns of violent abuse in the lives of women and juxtaposes this
with the objective, measured tones of a newsreader. The video footage and editing were created by the women working with Joe Lee and the music was written and performed by Derek Cronin. The women had previously worked with the Museum’s Education and Community department to make a body of artwork called ‘Unspoken Truths’, which was shown at IMMA in 1993. ‘Open Season’ is the first piece of work made by a community group to have been purchased by the Museum.

MediumHospital bed, video, glycine hospital curtain
Duration Unframed
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1998
Item NumberIMMA.834
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Joe Lee, Women from the Family Resource Centre, Open Season, 1997, Hospital bed, video, glycine hospital curtain, Unframed|Unframed, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1998

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

Joe Lee

Joe Lee b.1958

Since the 1990s, Independent film maker Joe Lee has worked on documentation/archive projects with Cultural Institutions and community groups across Dublin. He has undertaken projects in Inchicore, O’Devaney Gardens and the North West Inner City markets.  Lee was film maker in residence for Dublin City Council in 2009. He also collaborated with CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign; the Babel DVD project, North Inner City Violence Against Women Action Group and St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board.

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