When working in community-based contexts, artists often embody the role of either the "guest" - as "outsider" and "innovator" in a community (Levine, 1971)- or "host" – these are practices which I consider in my research under the term Hospitality. This research centres on my experiences as a guest and host in rural communities in Ireland, whereby through building relationships and collaboration at a local level, I aim to reveal wider notions hospitality towards "outsiders" on a national and international scale (Bulley, 2017). Hospitality is particularly poignant in an Irish context and is deeply rooted in Irish identity - Céad Míle Fáilte (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) is our national slogan. This research traces the historical and cultural significance of hospitality in Irish society, examining its links to the Celtic Revival, Irish Literary Renaissance and Postcolonial Ireland, to form a foundation for conversation around contemporary issues such as Brexit, migration & displacement and the Irish housing crisis (Rao, 2012). Site-specific dialogues will take place in within communities in Roscommon, a county in the midlands of Ireland, where the hotel represents a contested space of hospitality. By initiating collaborative practice-based research, and using text, photography and film to capture the research auto-ethnographically, I receive and explore hospitality with these communities. This research and practice builds on over ten years of experience in social practice, cultivated across many roles - artist, collaborator, facilitator, curator and producer.
Guest, Host, Hospitality, Outsider, Identity, Community and Arts Practice
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Greer Mac Keogh Mac Keogh
PhD Candidate, Critical Practice , UAL, United Kingdom