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Marie Brett

Yes, But Do You Care?2021

This work explores the right to make a bad decision amid issues of personal autonomy, family caregiving and Ireland’s new capacity legislation. Visual artist Marie Brett developed this work through an extensive participatory project with members of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network and contextual advisors in law and human rights. Further collaboration with chorographer/dancer Philip Connaughton resulted in a series of collaborative, cross-medium art pieces. An in-progress element of this work was first shown at The People’s Pavilion at IMMA, August 2020.

Both Brett and Connaughton have already accomplished strikingly poignant earlier works that express the essence of life’s fragility in relation to dementia and brain disease. Now, through this collaboration they are combining the mediums of dance theatre, sculptural installation, spoken word and film to create new artworks.

Mediumsingle channel video
Duration10 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4234
Image Caption
Marie Brett, Yes, But Do You Care?, 2021, single channel video, Duration: 10 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Marie Brett

Marie Brett is a visual artist working in digital, sculptural and live events. Her practice often involves gathering people who’ve never been involved in art making before as central contributors. Recurrently she makes work exploring peoples’ significant lived-life experience, including trauma and issues of vulnerability, loss and social isolation; and her practice re-positions what can be socially hidden and is culturally shunned. Considered by many to be one of Ireland’s leading exponents in the field of inter-disciplinary and collaborative arts practice, she is a graduate of London University Goldsmiths College, and holds a 1st class Bachelors BA and a Masters MA visual arts degree, and has work held in national and international public art collections.
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