The Last Descendant
'The Last Descendant' explores the dynamic of post-colonial Ireland in relation to the erosion of Anglo-Irish culture, using contemporary photography and archival research to articulate voices of the past that have been silenced, or otherwise forgotten. The work documents a descendant's journey of self-discovery to retrace the lost history of her Anglo-Irish family, the Tyndalls. By placing the ancestors of the Tyndall family bloodline back into the cultural detritus of the Ascendancy - ruined churches and demolished grand houses - the work opens up a dialogue about the issue of Irish cultural representation itself; mapping the intersection between a given historic reality and the imagination, of memories and desires, and provoking conversations about lineage, history, memory, conflict, and loss.
Jonathan Higgins • Treasa O'Hanlon • Kristina Collender • Ciarán Cooney • Efa Corwell • Neil Dorgan • Kasia Kaminska • Feena Kavanagh • Barry Keogh • Patricia Klich • Robert McCormack • Deirdre McGing • Bobi Murray • Adele O'Byrne • Nikki O'Carroll • Catherine OToole • Maciej Pestka • Niamh Redmond • Irene Siragusa •