In a four-part series for The Lyric Feature, art critic Cristín Leach brings us through an epic story of conquest, propaganda and inspiration as she explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented over three hundred years. Joined by art historians, curators and artists on urban streets, in rural heartlands and in galleries, Cristín excavates identity in some of Ireland’s iconic historical and political artworks, as she uncovers how art has told our story, how others would like to see us and how we see ourselves.
Programme 2 – Politics & Poverty
Considers the politics of fine art during the Famine and Land wars and explores how illustrations portrayed the Irish as savage to justify conquest but how one 19th century artist illustrated the Irish as a future nation, not a subject people.
An IWR Media production for RTÉ lyric fm
RTÉ lyric fm, Sunday 19th January, 6pm-7pm