Donald Clarke

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Emma Campbell addresses abortion in Northern Ireland

To the Copper House Gallery on Synge Street for the launch of When they put their Hands Out Like Scales, Emma Campbell’s fine short film on the abortion journey in Northern Ireland. It’s a very canny piece of work. The …

Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 22:26

   

To the Copper House Gallery on Synge Street for the launch of When they put their Hands Out Like Scales, Emma Campbell’s fine short film on the abortion journey in Northern Ireland. It’s a very canny piece of work. The images take us from the grounds surrounding Stormont and onwards — inevitably given the circumstances — towards the sea and desperate escape. What you need to know is that all the spoken text is from a Northern Ireland Assembly debate on abortion from 2000.

Campbell, a talented photographer and PhD student, has thought deeply about the subject. For a sense of her wider argument check out a piece she wrote for the Huffington Post late last year. “The anti-choice lobby in Northern Ireland is loud and full of hot air, not ones to worry themselves with inconvenient facts that disrupt their myths, but happy to harass women seeking advice from the Family Planning Agency on a regular basis,” she writes. We fully endorse her opinions and admire her sideways means of expression. Watch and learn,