The footage of the ‘dancer’ in No More is taken from a 1972 Jerzy Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory Theater training film. It shows Ryszard Cieslak, lead actor, demonstrating body exercises (derived from hatha yoga) designed to allow the practitioner to go beyond ‘their own personal limitations’. The associated soundscape is constructed of remembered sounds from the artist’s childhood. The visual material throughout the piece references that 1971/’72 period, when McClean’s father was interned without trial in Long Kesh, Northern Ireland. Her memories are mediated though the various different media in the work;drawings, letters, school books, news footage and telephone conversations, which open up another window onto that time.
No More – Winner of The Mac International Art Prize, Oct 2014. Press here for more details