Our View

Rita Duffy unveils new exhibition in Derry

Leading contemporary Irish artist Rita Duffy will unveil her latest exhibition this week which involves 21 young people from north and west Belfast.

The exhibition is part of the University of Ulster’s Summer School on Transitional Justice, hosted by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at the Magee campus this week.

Duffy, who has been visiting artist in residence with the Institute since September 2009, explained the reasoning and theme behind her latest work:

'The Our View exhibition is based on a collaborative project with youth worker Rory Doherty and 21 young people. Through images and recordings, this contemporary art project gives a voice to individual young people who are living in post conflict Belfast.

'Often frank and unashamedly honest these are real stories that represent what life is like for many young adults in this so called progressive society.'

Duffy is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists whose work has been at the cutting edge of the interface between culture, politics and art in the last decade. Her fellowship has been funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Trust.

The annual Summer School on Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Transition brings together policy-makers, non-governmental organisations, internationals and academics to spend an intensive week exploring key issues in transitional justice.

The school is led by TJI Directors Professor Christine Bell, Professor Colm Campbell and Professor Fionnula Ni Aolain. Other contributors include Dame Nuala O’ Loan, Dr Niamh Reilly (NUI Galway) and Dr Fiona de Londras (University College Dublin).

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain, TJI Director said: 'The event promises to be an exciting and innovative collaboration of multiple disciplinary perspectives on post-conflict issues.'

Our View, in the Playhouse, Derry, will run until Friday, June 11.