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Orla Barry, b.1969

Portable Stones2005

Orla Barry’s film work is rooted in language and symbols and is driven by the tension between visual and literary representation. The artist composes poetic prose – textual fragments – that bring together philosophical meditations and biographical fact as well as fictional and associative elements. In her publications, films and performances, Barry dwells on themes such as linguistic intoxication, proximity and distance, silence and communication, melancholy and absurdity, and friendship and family relationships. ‘Portable Stones’ (2005) can be seen as a fragmented associative narrative dealing with two characters who live in a kind of ‘linguistic isolation’ and who explore different forms of indirect communication. Barry works with the multiple meanings of words and gestures in combination with visual rhythms and subtle audio layering. This interplay makes the 63-minute film into an atmospheric, moving visual poem.

MediumColour video with sound
Duration63 mins
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2006
EditionEdition of 3
Item NumberIMMA.1978
Image Caption
Orla Barry, Portable Stones, 2005, Colour video with sound, Duration: 63 mins, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2006

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About the Artist

Orla Barry b.1969

Born in Wexford, Orla Barry creates written, photographic, film and performance work driven by the tension between visual and literary representation. From 1995 Barry was based in Belgium for an extended period but still gets the inspiration for and creates most of her work in Ireland. She has exhibited internationally and nationally including a solo exhibition in IMMA in 2006.
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