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In association with the exhibition, The Long Note in the Project Spaces, award winning artist Helen Cammock is joined in conversation with Mary Cremin, Director, Void, Derry. This talk explores the process of commissioning, researching and the making of Cammock’s seminal film The Long Note, which features interviews with key women figures of the civil rights movement in Derry in capturing the importance of the female voice within Ireland’s history.
Recognising the need to highlight the centrality of women 50 years on from what was a pivotal moment in Derry in 1968, this discussion more broadly considers the ways Cammock’s work contextualise events within universal struggles and geopolitics. This timely discussion with Cammock on her work, also makes evident the recurring nature of historical events that pertain to more recent events of the current social political climate.
Helen Cammock works across moving image, photography, writing, poetry, spoken word, song, performance, printmaking and installation. An interest in histories, authorship, storytelling and the excavation of lost, unheard and buried voices lead Cammock to map her own creative processes on to social and political situations. Cammock’s work draws on material from Nina Simone, Philip Larkin, James Baldwin, The Housemartins, Walter Benjamin, Franz Fanon and others to reveal the way in which we construct our own personal collage of influences and reference points to establish a sense of self, context and history. Recent screenings include the Serpentine Cinema Series and Tate Artists Moving Image Screening Programme.
Cammock has exhibited at Cubitt, London; Galerie Futura Alpha Nova, Berlin; The Tetley, Leeds; Open Source Contemporary Arts Festival; Hollybush Gardens, London; 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London; and Void, Derry, Northern Ireland. Her written work has been published in several journals and magazines. Cammock is currently working on a project with Serpentine Galleries; Novel, Reading International and a new commission with Film and Video Umbrella, Touchstones Gallery and The Photographers Gallery. In 2018 Cammock was awarded the Max Mara Prize for Women which includes a forthcoming exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London and Maramotti Collection, Italy.
Mary Cremin is currently the Director of Void Gallery, Derry. She is the commissioner and curator of the Irish Pavilion with artist Eva Rothschild at the Venice Biennale, 2019. Prior to this, she was Programme Curator at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Co-Artistic Director of The Treeline Project and Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has worked with artists such as Douglas Gordon, Rosa Barba, Johan Grimonprez, Kader Attia, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Helen Cammock, Alex Cecchetti, Camille Norment and Hilary Lloyd. She was curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange (2015), which included over 30 national and international artists.
As Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art she worked on exhibitions such as Eileen Gray, Lynda Benglis, Francis Alÿs, Carlos Garaicoa, Romuald Hazoumè, Cyprien Gaillard, Gerard Byrne, Alice Maher and Garrett Phelan. Curated projects at IMMA include Into the Silence of the Night, IMMA, (2015), Sidney Nolan; Ned Kelly Series (2012-2013), Garrett Phelan, off site NEW FAITH LOVELSONG (2012), Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection (2012). She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin (2007). Cremin has written for exhibition catalogues and artists books, and is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.