Amanda Dunsmore studio work in-process MEMENTO - AGREEMENT.

MEMENTO – AGREEMENT is a series of artworks based on recollections of making the silent filmed portraits which comprise the artwork AGREEMENT.

AGREEMENT started in 2004 with an aim to film and acknowledge the important roles played by all the signatories of the Belfast 'Good Friday' Agreement. The resulting artwork consists of 14 video portraits through which the audience reflect on each of the sitters, as the sitters reflect silently on their legacy.

Dunsmore is currently making this body of work, revisiting each of the filmed portrait sittings undertaken between 2004 and 2022. The reflective portraits are made from a mix of typed text, pen and ink portraits and map etchings. It is a series of artworks based on Dunsmore’s recollections of making each of the silent filmed portraits which comprise the artwork AGREEMENT. The process started in 2004 with an aim to film and acknowledge the important roles played by all the signatories of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and their future legacies.

The exhibition MEMENTO – AGREEMENT offers ‘mementos’ of the meetings with (in order of filming):

David Ervine, Progressive Unionist Party, 2004; Lord Alderdice, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, 2005; Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, 2005; John Hume, Social Democratic and Labour Party, 2005; David Trimble, Ulster Unionist Party, 2017; Senator George Mitchell, United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, 2018; Monica McWilliams, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, 2005/2019; Pearl Sagar, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, 2019; Seamus Mallon, Social Democratic and Labour Party, 2019; Bertie Ahern, Fianna Fáil Taoiseach, 2019. Gary McMichael, Ulster Democratic Party, 2022; Malachi Curran, Labour Party of Northern Ireland, 2022; Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin, 2022.

The 14th is Mo Mowlam, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Dunsmore, felt it important to include Mo Mowlam and using cutting edge machine processes she is creating an archival filmed data portrait.

MEMENTO – AGREEMENT is a mixed media print series (intaglio, digital and letterpress). Limited Box Edition of 10. + 3 AP. Showing at the University Of Ulster Gallery, in April, 2023