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E.gress is a filmic artwork that maps a world of loss and change, exploring how individuals diagnosed with dementia find new ways to adjust to changing world. This multi-layered film, a portrait of living moments on life’s edge, invites us to contemplate loss, love and life itself.

The artwork was produced by artist Marie Brett and musician Kevin O’Shanahan following an intensive collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, informed by the concept of absence and presence and how ambiguous loss theory relates to an experience of dementia.

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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Talks and Events

Launch and Discussion| E.gress
To mark the launch and tour of E.gress, a multilayered film that explores living moments on lifes edge; Marie Brett (artist) and Jon Hinchliffe (Alzheimer Society of Ireland) discussed the making of this collaborative project with Cliodhna Shaffrey (Director, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin). The event was opened by Prof. Rose Ann Kenny (Director, Mercers Institute for Successful Ageing). Listen to the discussion here.
This talk took place on Tuesday 3 November.

Conversation | Marie Brett and Mary Dorcey
Listen here to Marie Brett (artist) and Mary Dorcey (poet) discuss the intersections between their respective practices as poet and artist in relation to E.gress. This talk took place on Friday 27 November.

Additional Resources

Watch a video on the film work featuring interviews with artist Marie Brett and Jon Hinchliffe from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Film brings ‘twilight world’ of dementia into focus, read an interview with Marie Brett by Sylvia Thompson in the Irish Times.

Read blog by artist Marie Brett as she reflects on her filmwork E.gress during its time at IMMA.

Click here to view trailer.

A catalogue accompanies the work with four contextual essays from a variety of perspectives.

Marie Brett was awarded an Arts Council touring and dissemination of work award for The E.gress Tour 2015/16. Further details

E.gress is shown alongside Daphne Wright’s Plura, a film work commissioned by South Tipperary County Council, which addresses remembering or loss of memory, and associated struggles with language, conversation and relationships.