Rosebud curated by Alison Pilkington & Cora Cummins. The Library Project, Dublin.
The title of the show Rose Bud references the famous media baron Charles Foster Kane’s final utterance / statement in the 1941 film Citizen Kane (Dir. Orson Welles. The film depicts the life of the publishing tycoon and aims to solve the mystery of what or who is Rose Bud through flashbacks. There remains a great power in the printed or reproduced word or image even though Walter Benjamin asserts that the loss of aura and authenticity occurs through reproductions in his essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction or Reproducibility (1936)
Emma Finucane & Mary A. Fitzgerald : We responded to the idea of the private proclamation, looking at the act of private or personal messaging in public we looked at messages or proclamations painted and written on walls and engraved in concrete. We collected images, from Dublin specifically, of these private/public proclamations and compiled them into a limited edition Zine. We are interested in the notion of beauty and the poetic in the found image and the idea of re-assigning value by making a printed publication for an art exhibition. As printmakers we are interested in other methods of dissemination and distribution. We are also interested in the collaborative processes of production, choosing the images, collating, editing, designing, printing, choosing and searching for these beautiful and poetic found images. A Zine can re evaluate the power of the hand made multiple.