Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM: Leszek Wolnik – 10 Weeks

10 Weeks

This is the second of this week’s podcasts. I decided that this deserved a full unedited piece in its own right, aside from the radio show.

The two exhibitions which are currently running in The Copperhouse Gallery compliment each other beautifully. Emma Campbell’s ‘When they put out their hands like scales’, is a photographic exhibition which deals with the plight of women who have had to travel to the UK from Ireland for abortions. Running in conjunction with that is ’10 Weeks’ by Leszek Wolnik, this is centred around the moulds used to make the ’10 weeks’ pin used as a pro life symbol. The exhibition also has a multimedia element to it with visitors about to write their thoughts and also leave audio clips of their experiences and the experiences of their friends.

Culture Cafe isn’t a political show, I don’t want it to be. I chose to look at these exhibitions because through art, they look at the journeys women make and continue to make, the loneliness of that time and it gives those affected, themselves or their friends a chance to express these feelings, through writing or audio, as themselves or anonymously. This podcast includes an audio piece submitted by Deirdre McGing.