Geraldine Timlin & Pedro Rebelo’s Artlink Exchange!
Eastern Edge Residency (July – August 2022)
Shaped by the Sea | Múnlaithe ag an Bhfarraige
Over the course of our month-long residency, we collated a series of video, photographic and sound material based on a project titled ‘Shaped by the Sea’. The project explores commonalities between Ireland and Newfoundland through lives shaped by the edges of the Atlantic Ocean, representing separation and connection alike.
Through research, conversations and exploration of the natural environment along the Newfoundland coastline, we were fortunate to meet individuals and communities whose lives have been directly shaped by land and sea. We worked with participants, including fishermen in Ferryland and Branch, artists in Port Union and St John’s, foragers, business owners in Quidi Vidi, and Inuit throat singers, in capturing their unique connection to place and the shared ocean.
We were struck by the strong preservation of Irish culture, language and traditions that have been maintained in Newfoundland for nearly 300 years. The incredible similarities in physical appearance, accent and common expressions, preserved songs, and the almost identical landscape is a unique experience we still reflect on.
We are continuing the Irish section of the project along the west coast of Ireland, working on creating an interwoven audio and video installation for completion and distribution in both locations in 2023.
We are extremely grateful to the whole team at Eastern Edge for this wonderful opportunity to make new work, to Michael Flaherty, Isabella St John, Rick Page and Kym Greely for making us feel right at home on the rock.
Míle Buíochas. Obrigada.
Geraldine Timlin. Pedro Rebelo.