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Alan Phelan

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Images © the artist, courtesy of Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin


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This photograph shows plaster cast busts of several Irish Nationalist figures from the collection of Limerick City Gallery of Art, photographed in the 1950’s. Many of the busts no longer exist or cannot be exhibited because of their fragile or deteriorated condition.Papier mâché replicas were made and placed unidentified on empty library shelving stacks, disguised or ‘blended-in’ as telecommunication antennae

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Roger Casement (1864-1916), who was of Ulster Protestant stock, was executed on counts of treason having being arrested after returning to Ireland in a German submarine. There is a long-standing controversy surrounding the authenticity of his diaries used in evidence against him at his trial. Despite recent forensic analysis the ‘Black’ diaries which contain frank accounts of homosexual activity are thought to be forgeries, created to discredit the reputation of the Knighted humanitarian who had exposed human rights violations in rubber plantations in Peru and the Congo

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This image is from The Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2006 accompanying an article written by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith titled “Where there is a credible allegation of serious wrong doing, the rule of law must apply”. In the article he defends the military justice system that has prosecuted British troops fighting in Iraq. The caption for the image reads “Guardsmen Joseph McCleary, left, and Martin McGing after they were found not guilty of the manslaughter of a 15-year-old Iraqi”

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Fino is the on-line nickname of a modified car enthusiast who donated a disused high performance exhaust system for this piece. He responded to a request for exhaust parts posted by the artist on the website www.manicmotorz.com. The website is a communication forum for car enthusiasts, many of whom dislike the term ‘boy racer’ as it is mainly used by alarmist tabloid media who see them as perfect examples of anti-social and generally reckless behaviour.Much of their activities involve the modification and display of cars and not covert road racing as many assume, although this does indeed occur



Alan Phelan
Dublin
Ireland
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