Nocturama explores the sense of uneasy nostalgia and instability of memory and self. Nocturama uses two films: The Shining (1980, directed by Stanley Kubrick) and Blade Runner (1982, directed by Ridley Scott) as the starting point for a process that makes connections and transforms found 35mm slides and footage, opening the potential for new narratives.
O’Gorman’s work creates a compelling sense of familiarity, where images are simultaneously known and mysterious, blurring what is real and imaginary.
O’Gorman exploits the distinctions between mechanically- mediated photographic recollections (preserved from the moment of origin) and the unreliability of neurological memory with all the natural lapses and misrepresentations that occur.
About the artist:
Sara O’Gorman received her Master in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 2012. Since graduating from a BA Honour’s degree in Fine and Applied Art from the University of Ulster in 2007 O’Gorman has been a co-director at Catalyst Arts, Belfast until 2009 and a board member at Queen Street Studios, Belfast. Recent exhibitions include After the Future, EVA International – Biennial of visual art, Limerick; Afterwardsness, Studio Nine, Wexford and bold articles, a solo show in Queen Street Studios, Belfast. Gail Prentice (Studio Manager at Flax Art Studios) selected my MFA degree show work to be featured on MAstars on Axisweb.
Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council