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Echoes of Isolation

Echoes of Isolation is an exhibition of work by Sinead Barrett which draws attention to the historical context of isolation on Spike Island, while also inviting reflection on the broader implications of isolation in contemporary society. The impact of isolation and displacement have become all too relevant, particularly in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and the ways in which it disrupted our lives and our sense of connection to others.

During the 1800’s  Spike  Island was used as a convict prison. Many of prisoners were subjected to solitary confinement and it is estimated that over 1,200 convicts died on the island.. Today, in the convicts graveyard on Spike Island  there are 11 gravestones ,nine of them are documented and partially legible. This exhibition  shines a light on these forgotten voices, exploring the emotional and psychological impact of isolation. 

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