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Eoin Mc Hugh

In his 1920 essay, ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’, Freud recounts the details of a game played by his infant grandson. Though close to his mother, the child rarely complained when left alone and instead played contentedly with his toys. One such toy was a spool tied with string, which he would throw out of sigh, uttering a drawn-out ‘o-o-o-o’ sound, which the family understood as ‘fort’, the German for gone. He would then quickly reel the spool back in, crying out ‘da!’ – there – as it came back into view. In this game Freud saw a disturbing compulsion that was linked to the early recognition of separate internal and external worlds.

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The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

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