Window to Eden are delighted to showcase visual artist Conor O Grady and his work Phoenix Park Palare (Polari).
Phoenix Park Palare (Polari) is a series of three images of a single park bench in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. They document the changing tone of homophobic graffiti that have repeatedly defaced the seat of the same wooden bench over a period of six years.
Presented in large format prints, O Grady invites us to stand. Still. He invites us to look, closely, to compare the writing from one bench to the other, to hear the subtle nuances in each ill conceived message, to sense the hate, the threat. We are drawn in, compelled to acknowledge the shadows all around, watch them creep into this place in which we so comfortably sit.
In light, it is not writing but hatred scaring sap, rage slashing into heart wood. Again and again.
O Grady’s work question the validity of the same sex referendum. In light of a continuously lived and persistent inequality, many gay people still cannot disclose their homosexuality.
Phoenix Park Palare (Polari) is displayed within the windows of St. Monica’s CCIC in Edenmore from April 20th.