MAYPOLE

A new site-specific, sculptural installation by Margaret Fitzgibbon relates to her artist-in-residence
in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin.

Deploying the regenerative image of a traditional, feminised and collective ‘Maypole’
allows Fitzgibbon to insert one hundred women’s images and stories across time, race and
space into the heart and administration hub of one of Ireland’s largest, working barracks.

Individual suspended index cards, which are colour-linked to each portrait give
insights into explicit and latent hierarchies of gender and race. Their unique stories often
confront us with our own inherent prejudices and make us reconsider our assumptions about
women’s desires to make a mark on the world.

Maypole engages in the merry go round of time while putting the viewer in the middle of an
interactive, colourful and sensory cascade. It is both a celebration and a testimony to
the remarkable creativity, bravery and determination of one hundred women.

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