Hysteria and film in 126 exhibition

THURSDAY’S CLINIC is a new exhibition by Breda Lynch, currently running in the 126 gallery on Queen Street.

Thursday’s Clinic came about following a period of intensive research during a residency in the Cill Rialaig, Kerry, last year.

The photographs in the exhibition reference hysteria as described in the photographs by 19th century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot at Saltpetriere Hospital, Paris, including fits and spasms, paralysis of the limbs, inverted figures and faces, contortions, and convulsions.

An childhood memory of a dream sequence from the 1948 film The Snake Pit, became the focus of a video installation in the exhibition. Here, the main character Virginia finds herself in the most chaotic ward in the asylum.

Limerick artist Breda Lynch studied at the Crawford College of Art, Cork, the Chelsea College of Art, London, and the University of Wolverhampton. She has exhibited across Europe and in Thailand, China, and the USA.

Thursday’s Clinic runs until Saturday March 2. See www.126.ie

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