Role of memory in art explored

Memory, a film that explores the questions of how memory works and what is history, is the feature at 6.30pm Wednesday, 18 May, at the National Gallery, Harbour Place.

The film, part of the Art Flix programme, examines how contemporary artists incorporate the past into their work, through an examination of art by contemporary artists including Susan Rothenberg, Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Josiah McElheny. Each artist talks about how their past informs their work.

The documentary will be preceded by a short lecture from instructor David Bridgeman. Following the screening, attendees will be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine while they discuss the film’s subject matter and questions it may have raised.

This particular episode was specifically chosen to coincide with the forthcoming National Gallery exhibition, The Persistence of Memory, which opens to the public on Friday, 20 May. It will bring together 10 local artists, some of whom have not exhibited for a number of years. The central theme is, of course, memory and how our memories define and shape who we are.