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Dr Luz Mar González-Arias has written of Yellow ‘for those familiar with the specificities of the Irish context; the constant scrubbing of a woman’s dress in Yellow necessarily brings to mind the infamous Magdalene Laundries, religious institutions all across the country where ‘fallen women’ – prostitutes, victims of rape, single mothers – were confined from the 18th to late 20th centuries. The inmates were forced to work washing clothes – an activity of high metaphorical content for it extended also to the purification of the soul…The ritualistic repetition of movements will never cease, but neither will their liberating potential. Ultimately Yellow is about a continuous existential journey, Coogan’s, yours and mine.

Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4221
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Amanda Coogan, Yellow, 2008, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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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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