Artist’s Statement 2019

My work explores the body as a place of resistance, and the interstice between the domestic and the public sphere.
I try to use film to explore situations that go beyond the surface to tap into the energy of bodies that clash with their surroundings.
I use absurdity as a strategy in performance and film structure to create affective meaning.
Through a process of détournement I am interested in the conceptual reframing of historical works of literature and cinema as vehicles for exploring issues around perception and feminism.

The Place from which I see you
Digital 16mm colour/work in progress/Úna Quigley/ 2019

                             Production drawing 2019

An experimental film currently in progress. 
The screenplay is loosely based on a pulp fiction novel from the 1950s by Barbara Comyns called “The Vets Daughter”, a text about a young woman who after enduring trauma revolving around a father figure, develops an ability to levitate.
Rewriting this narrative into a minimal screenplay presents an opportunity to create a ‘domestic gothic” allegory that critiques the phallic psychoanalytic paradigm through the potential of the film medium.

Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon
Supported by Galway County Council

Six cuts in a whale 
B&W digital 16mm/ est 6 min/2019

Currently in progress, this film explores the process of border-spacing through a collaborative choreography for the camera with my daughter. The finished work will have six cuts or variations of a series of movements, set in locations from the studio to the street. Challenging the coming of age, mother-daughter film genres, this work attempts to explore feminine subjectivities through experimental physical and visual methods.

Performed by: Poppy Fitzgibbon and Úna Quigley
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon
Birds of my weakness
Digital 16mm and Super8/8'40"/Una Quigley/2018

Birds of...Trailer

Stills from Birds of my Weakness 2018

This work is based on Act 1 of “The Mammaries of Tiresias”, a play written by Guillaume Apollinaire which was first performed in 1917. Apollinaire coined the term surrealist to describe his drama and the first words of his play were “I am a feminist”. It is about a housewife who develops psychic powers to change her body.
“Birds of my weakness” (a phrase Apollinaire used to describe female breasts), re-imagines Apollinaire’s character in a contemporary context and uses the influences of poststructural feminist writers on a rewriting of the words. Choreographed by dancer Sheena McGrandles in response to the text, it is a chamber piece and an absurd melodrama. 

Performed by: Sheena McGrandles and Loz Fitzgibbon
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

Prelude ( to Birds of my weakness)
Super8 and digital 16mm/2min 20/ Una Quigley/2017 

Prelude (preview link)

                                   Stills from Prelude sequence to Birds of my weakness. 2017

A prelude sequence to film Birds of my weakness 2018.
A Super8 film made as a prelude to "Birds of my weakness". Informed by the words of Luce Irigary glimpses of domestic moments imagine the mind imagery of Apollinaire's character.

Performed by:  Loz Fitzgibbon, Poppy Fitzgibbon and Jade Fitzgibbon
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon

Broken Spectre
Super8 film/Colour/4min /Úna Quigley/2015

Broken Spectre (preview link)

A Brocken Spectre is term used for a natural phenomenon - when the coincidence of light, mist and elevation cause a projected reflection of your body.
Broken Spectre takes the idea into an exploration of physical reflection. Two men climb a 
mountain, starting and finishing each others movements, moving towards an absurd sublime moment.
It suggests being-other, through the action and the words of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, where he argues that the existence of the other is the necessary condition of freedom, rather than its limitation.

Performed by:  Hugo Seale and Loz Fitzgibbon
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon 

The Interval Super8 film/5min/Úna Quigley/2015

The Interval  (preview link)

                                              Still from The Interval, Super8 film, 2015

"The Interval" was informed both by the writings of Luce Irigary on the interval of sexual difference and by an excerpt from an anchor literary work– Iris Murdoch’s 1978 novel The Sea the Sea. In this work the central character’s equilibrium is disrupted by an unbearable vision in the sea. He describes the interval of time needed to process his vision and questions the possibility of his eyes projecting images onto reality like a cinematic apparatus.

Performed by: Hugo Seale and Natasha Bourke 
Hallucination scene in collaboration with: Kate Squires 
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon
Úna Quigley  Bio.

Born in Dublin, Úna Quigley graduated from Crawford College of Art Cork and Winchester School of Art, Spain and U.K. in 2001 with an MA in European Fine Art. She has since exhibited widely such as at the Kassel Film Festival, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Centrum Berlin, Lewis Glucksman Gallery Ireland, and Crawford Gallery Ireland. 
Recently she screened her film work in Incognito Societies at the National Film Archive in Seoul and Berliner Liste, had a solo exhibition The Interval at Centrum Berlin and co-created a temporary cinema in the wilderness of Connemara entitled Wild-screen/Scáil-Fhiáin. Recent group exhibitions have included Tulca The Headless City, Ireland in 2016, the Istanbul International Experimental film festival in 2018, and 2019 has included screenings at The Guesthouse, Cork, Traverse Rencontres Video, Toulouse, France and VAFT, Turku, Finland.

She has been included in a number of publications, such as “Cooling out - on the paradox of Feminism” by Lewis Glucksman Gallery/Kunsthaus Baselland, “False Optimism” published by Crawford Gallery Ireland and  "All Mountains begin on the Ground,", an artists book of essays. 
She has received awards from local authorities, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Ealaín na Gaeltachta and was most recently awarded an Artists Bursary award from  the Arts Council of Ireland in 2017 and an Artists Bursary from Galway County Council in 2019. 

Gifted Water (Super8 + HD video/11min/2012)

Gifted Water  (preview link)


An experimental work based on a short story by the artist exploring identity and urban space, the film follows the directed performances of dancer Sheena McGrandles as she is permeated by different spaces and personas. McGrandles work was concerned with ‘doing’ and queering the body, with an attempt to disturb it and the space it inhabits. The character is narrated by her imaginary male voice until she appears in drag at the end. 

Performed by: Sheena McGrandles
Sound/Music: Loz Fitzgibbon
Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland

Larissa/Hd video/3min/2006

Larissa (preview link)

Larissa is a portrait of an exotic dancer.
In the video she describes her work in her own words as we watch her go through her dance routine in a domestic environment.
In her job, she sells a fantasy of intimacy. I intended to subvert this intimacy by filming Larissa in a real intimate environment, her home, dressed in her everyday clothes.
This work was informed by a reading of an essay called “Striptease” by Roland Barthes, where he writes about how the striptease industry is based on contradiction.
He describes dancers as “taking refuge in the sureness of their technique; their science clothes them like a garment”.