Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects

Title:
Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects
Author:
Harriet Purkis: University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
028
Pages:
265-270
No. of pages:
6
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This paper will explore the role of the museum and gallery; in collecting and re presenting life stories of immigrants to Ireland. It will show the potential capacity of a museum or gallery to be a space which can link to those who have made Europe their home over the last 30 years. A case study will be presented - an exhibition called Destination Donegal. Ten people‚Äôs real life stories are displayed through personal clothing; objects from mantle pieces; filmed interviews and new portrait photographs; in an innovative art and social history exhibition. A discussion of the approach and results will allow a reflection on museum theory and practice in terms of the use of objects as holding narrative; objects as agency within the ‚Äúeveryday‚ÄĚ; and the value of present day material culture in relation to a multicultural society.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Harriet Purkis
Title:
Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Harriet Purkis
Title:
Real Life Stories in Everyday Objects
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