A kangaroo court in a storage cupboard, Rotters (2019) holds four sculptures in a looped dialogue. Two interrogators Sparky the school locker, and Swall the watchtower, push the reticent Rotter the perspex box, for ‘FACTS’. Haunted by the looming presence of So-N-So and the pressure of uncomfortable memories, Rotters scene-of-the-crime is a collision between different forms of inquest.

Malachy Harvey was born in Belfast. Bothered by the question ‘What is it like to cross a land that eats itself?’ he works with writing, moving-image and installation to stage artworks as sites of contradicting pressures and emotional states. Forthcoming exhibitions include New Writing With New Contemporaries at Leeds Art Gallery & The SLG and No Longer Peripheral at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.

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