Mairéad McClean’s work disrupts and restructures events from the past highlighting the unreliability of history. By examining the sound and image connect, material evidence is opened, re-evaluated and re-interpreted to create a new vantage point. Using archive footage, sound recordings and self-filmed sequences, she produces work that touches on the themes of memory, identity and migration.
Her video No More, used the introduction of Internment without trial in Northern Ireland in the early 1970’s as its starting point. The piece won the inaugural MAC International Ulster Bank Art Prize in Oct 2014. In 2015 she was commissioned by The National Museums of Ireland, to work with a group of Migrant Women to produce a film for an exhibition entitled Migrant Women: Shared Experience. In 2016 she had a dedicated screening programme of her film work from produced between 1991-2016 at The Belfast Film Festival with other film work shown in the USA and across the UK.
McClean, was born and grew up in Beragh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland and has lived and worked for the past 25 years in London. She completed a Postgraduate in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art between 89/91 and held the position of Reader in Film and Video Arts at the University of Greenwich, until October 2011. She is a sessional senior film tutor teaching Experimental film at The MET Film School, Ealing London.http://www.maireadmcclean.com