The R-M222 project brings together a number of artists of the first, second, third and fourth generation Donegal Diaspora. The exhibition features artworks in different media by a line-up of highly regarded international artists that will include Susan Philipsz, Liam GIllick, Frances Hegarty and Padraig Timoney among others. The title of the project R-M222 refers to the Y-chromosome associated with people whose roots lie in the counties of Northwest Ireland, Ulster and Lowland Scotland.
In her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal, Jeanette Winterson writes:
“Where you are born–what you are born into, the place, the history of the place, how that history mates with your own– stamps who you are, whatever the pundits of globalisation have to say.”
The R-M222 project extends this argument further to the diasporic context of parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
Curated by Declan Sheehan as part of an Arts Council of Ireland 2013 Visual Arts Curator Residency.