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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
DurationDimensions variable
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1998
Item NumberIMMA.834
Not on view
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Joe Lee, Women from the Family Resource Centre, Open Season, 1998, Hospital bed, video, glycine hospital curtain, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1998

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Joe Lee

Joe Lee b.1958

Joe Lee is an independent film and video maker. From the 1990s his work has included a range of video documentation/archive projects with Irish National Cultural Institutions and the direction and curation of public art projects. This work included an extensive range of film/arts projects in Inchicore, O’Devaney Gardens and the North West Inner City Markets Area of Dublin. He was film maker in residence for Dublin City Council in 2009 and launched the popular 52 minute documentary ‘Bananas on the Breadboard’ about the story of the markets area and street trading in Dublin. Other work includes projects with CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign; the Babel DVD project with composer Roger Doyle and Dance Ireland; North Inner City Violence Against Women Action Group and St Michael’s Estate Regeneration Board. — View Artist »