Amanda Dunsmore works in art processes that explore representations of societal transformation through contextual portraiture and social historic projects. Her artworks utilize media such as video, sound, photography and installation. Dunsmore’s accumulative legacy practice examines place, people and moments of political significance. Her contextual portraits evolve through long periods of research and the work is often presented as a series of extensive socio-political / historical art projects. Central to Dunsmore's art practice is an exploration of potential future memory, the legacy of visual parity in portraiture and the long-term implications of socio-political art making.
Dunsmore's filmed portraits feature social actors who have transformed society, often filming them in locations of social-historic significance. The photographic portrait of Mairead Corrigan Maguire (depicted) is a photographic version of the 2017 filmed portrait artwork. Mairead Corrigan Maguire (filmed in the Peace House, Belfast), Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, founded The Peace People, a cross-community grassroots movement dedicated to ending the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. For their search for peace and reconciliation Maguire and Williams were jointly awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize. The filmed and photographic portraits of Mairead Corrigan Maguire form part of a new series of portraits addressing the under-representation of women in Irish, British and Northern Irish politics.