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Galway2020, world premiere of “Bog Portraits”

Connemara lake Connemara lake photo by Susanne Stöckli / Pixabay

The film ‘Portráidí Criathraigh’ (Bog Portraits), directed by Ríonach Ní Néill and Joe Lee will premiere online on Monday March 1st as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture.

The film follows the making of Portráidí Criathraigh, a landscape installation artwork located in the bog at Ros Muc in Connemara by visual artist Seán Ó Flaithearta in 2019 and 2020. Ríonach and Joe are award winning film directors and have won awards for their filmmaking at film festivals in the Netherlands, Spain and in Ireland.

The artwork was commissioned by Ríonach Ní Néill as part of a series of site-specific installations tracing the interplay between Gaeltacht culture, weather and landscape for Turas Chonamara, a project for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture.

Seán and Ríonach collaborated with the local community in Ros Muc to find suitable sites in the bog to create the portraits and to choose two local people, the sean-nós dancer Cóilín Sheáin Dharach Seoige and Bridget Aylward, Queen of Alaska to be honoured in the installation.

The Portráidí Criathraigh film will premiere on 1 March with two live online screenings at 6.30 and 7.30 pm only. The 6.30pm screening will be followed by a Q and A in English and in Irish with Directors Ríonach Ní Néill and Joe Lee and Artist Seán Ó Flaithearta.  The 7.30pm screening will be hosted by Oifigigh Pleanála Teanga na Gaillimhe followed by an Q and A in Irish with the artist and directors.

To register for the online screening here.

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