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Screening “in Loving Memories”

in-loving-memories-poster-3October 25th, 7pm

Operated by feminine religious orders during the 18-20th centuries, the Irish Magdalene Laundries confined, abused, and forced into labour thousands of women and girls who were so-called “penitents”.

Since 2016 marks the centenary of Irish Independence and the 20th anniversary of the closing of the last Magdalene Laundry in Ireland, a series of events are organized all over the world by artists and academics under the 1916: Home: 2016 Memory Event, October 7-31.
As part of this series, Audrey Rousseau presents her documentary film work on the Magdalene Laundries.
“In Loving Memories” (2016) by Audrey Rousseau / 37min12sec / English (no subtitles)
This documentary film explores the struggles for recognition and redress of past injustices in the Irish Magdalene Laundries. Through a recollection of activists’ portraits, the project aims to remember and honour the lives of thousands of girls and women who have experienced these institutions, while giving rise to reflections on transmission of testimonial knowledge.
Following the screening Audrey will engage in a discussion with the public.


Specializing on the politics of memory, Audrey Rousseau’s doctoral thesis (sociology) analyses the contemporary struggles led by survivors of the Magdalen Laundries in Ireland. Interested in the production, circulation and interpretation of social discourses on redress, reconciliation and social justice, she reflects on the role of “memory entrepreneurs” and different aspects of witnessing the past. She authored the chapter « Representations of Forced Labor in the Irish Magdalen Laundries: Exploring Contemporary Visual Art as Potential Sites of Memory », In Excavating Memory: Sites of Remembering and Forgetting, Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby (Eds.), University Press of Florida (2016), where she views art practices as sites of collective remembering.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Time, 19h00
Curved Street,Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland, D02 PC43