Siamsa Tíre

Post Colony

Gareth Kennedy

Post Colony

Post Colony is a film project which explores the natural, industrial and colonial histories of Killarney National Park.

A master woodwright initiates seven participants in greenwoodworking processes to produce charcoal burners one legged stools from the invasive species Rhododendron. Finally the group holds an overnight vigil to reduce the troublesome plant to pure charcoal.

Shot in 16mm, the film investigates ideas concerning the social and cultural agency of handwork in the 21st century and the production and performance of new and experimental material cultures for the camera.

Gareth Kennedy’s work is invested in a socially engaged practice which addresses specific environmental, social, aesthetic and economic concerns within located contexts.  Recently, he has been developing an anthropological aesthetic to generate 'folk fictions'. These works draw on the social, cultural and economic history of a people and a place to craft work that is a meaningful composite of these histories.