Wednesday August 12, 2020

The many faces of history

An artist-in-residence at the Maze Prison in the 1990s, Amanda Dunsmore has revisited the past to create a seminal art exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

8th April, 2018
Amanda Dunsmore with a still from her exhibition Keeper

Inside HM Prison Maze, known colloquially as the Maze, we stood in the man’s prison cell – number 7, H-Block, of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA). He used this cell as a painting studio. Like most of the buildings used inside The Maze, it was excessively warm. I wanted to see if he would take part in the prisoners’ group exhibition, Captivating.

In 1998, I was commissioned by the Belfast-based Prison Art Foundation...

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