Máiréad Delaney is an Irish-American artist working transatlantically in performance and installation. She explores how gendered bodies respond to the unleashing of systemic violence. Delaney studied at the postgraduate level in Ireland, working with the Irish women’s collective Survivors of Symphysiotomy. Delaney has exhibited internationally, in New York, Ireland and the UK, and Ethiopia. She has presented work in the 2015 Dublin Live Art Festival and BIPAF, at the Queen’s Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, for Dublin’s Livestock and with Dublin-based collective Pre-form and Bbeyond at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. She has also made a series of public performances entitled ‘Hold Harmless,’ outside the National Maternity Hospital and the Four Courts in Dublin.

I return to the tension between paralysis and wildness, between betrayal and resilience, between dehumanization and dignity. My work endeavors to find mutability in mutilation, unruliness in restraint, subject-hood in voicelessness and invisibility. I realize the experience of witnessing with empathy differs from the experience of embodying with empathy. I hope in my practice to explore both. I want to witness and embody moments embodied comprehension. I am called by the immediacy of the body, its potential for compassionate communication through the nonverbal, and how it may speak on a human scale rather than on that of hard power, discourse, institution. My work explores how we might turn pain and fear into constructive forces, how fantasy and hope can overlay and persuade despair and classification, and how we can approach endurance with tenderness.


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