Did Morrissey foretell Diana’s death?

THE CLAIRVOYANT powers of Morrissey, the Berlin Wall, loving a man destined to die, and some fun with the comedy film Top Secret! are all part of a new exhibition at the Galway Arts Centre.

This is the new solo exhibition by Norwegian artist Lars Laumann which is part of the Galway Arts Festival.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday July 15 at 6pm by the writer and lecturer Katherine Waugh, at the Galway Arts Centre in 47 Dominick Street. Mr Laumann will give a talk on his work on Thursday 16 at 2pm in the gallery. Kjersti Andvig, a Norwegian artist featured in Laumann’s Shut Up Child, This Ain’t Bingo will also contribute.

The exhibition will feature four works by the artist: Berlinmuren, which tells the story of Swedish woman Eija-Riita Berliner-Mauer and her obsession with the Berlin Wall.

Shut up Child, This Ain’t Bingo, a video installation that tells the true story of the relationship between Norwegian artist Kjersti Andvig and her collaborative partner Carlton Turner over an 18-month period before Turner is killed.

The Swedish Bookstore is a monitor piece that examines hidden meanings in the Zucker brothers’ 1984 comedy Top Secret!

The highlight however for Smiths fans and conspiracy theorists, should be Morrissey Foretelling The Death of Diana (2006 ). It suggests - through a montage of found film, video footage, appropriated song fragments, and a voice-over narrative - that Morrissey anticipated the 1997 death of Princess Diana via cryptic clues in his lyrics or embedded in images on Smiths’ record sleeves. The piece also focuses on a track-by-track analysis of The Smiths’ magnificent 1986 album The Queen Is Dead.

Laurs Laumann’s exhibition will run throughout the Galway Arts Festival.

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