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Project - Performance

Who is she exactly? Often spotted sunbathing in the windows of Dublin 8, she's an icon of the neighbourhood, but not everyone knows her story. One even popped up recently on NCAD grounds. Have you seen her?


For the couple in the doorway, the statue of the white lady has become a symbol of belonging to the communities of both Dublin 8 and the lgbtq+ community. They received the statue as a gift because the donor’s girlfriend had one. She thought the statue was a very fitting Dublin 8 present as they are seen all around the Liberties and the couple have lived here for a long time. 


The woman we met at the grotto spoke about the significance of the statue of the sleeping St Joseph. It is a symbol of faith. She feels a connection to the Pope and the community of the Catholic Church through the statue. It also brings her comfort and solace.


The statues in both cases held meaning for people. A sense of belonging to different communities or a sense of belonging to a particular religion. There is a definite position taken in regards to positionality and what the statues mean to them. There is no neutral objective position.


Even though the two worldviews are very different the statues function for them both in a similar way to give  people a sense of connection and belonging within specific communities. 

Male painting student who thinks white lady is cheap
00:00 / 02:06
The guy who has one in his window, need a cup of tea
Ex-student of NCAD, women
00:00 / 03:19
Guard at NCAD
Two different Communities
00:00 / 04:00
Male fashion student
Young man and young woman
Female painting student
Female fashion student
Chatty guy, who thinks the lady is passée
00:00 / 04:30
Girl next to vending machine
Female painting student 2
The White Lady from Liverpool
The Lady in all white
An unfortunate profession
00:00 / 02:01
Public Lady
00:00 / 04:00
She is part of the Dublin Ladies
00:00 / 03:58
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