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I want to Believe, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Press Release

Martin Healy’s output over the past five years has formed a sort of artistic anthropology. He locks into popular myths asking why in such a rational age that we evoke manifestations of the primitive and superstitious. This exhibition continues the RHA’s commitment to presenting artists who were introduced through the Eurojet Futures exhibition.

Healy will exhibit two film installations, Skywatcher and Genesis 28:12 along with a series of photographic works, in Gallery I. Skywatcher consists of an interview with a man who discussed the possibility that he may have been witness to alien visitors in Warmintster, UK during the 1970’s. As Healy explains in an interview with Patrick T Murphy, “Warminster is local, more folklore than science fiction. And I am trying to capture its particular atmosphere and present it in my work. I am showing its dynamic but I am not trying to analyse it or investigate it, just to communicate it without prejudice”.

Genesis 28:12, where a band have been recorded playing a version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, famous for it’s alleged Satanic messages which are audible when the track is played backwards, ‘can be read as an exploration of the relationship between myth and popular culture”, Joseph R. Wolin, Paul Is Dead, catalogue essay.

I Want to Believe will be Healy’s first major museum solo exhibition and will give the opportunity to survey how Healy comments on our predisposition to accept the unprovable. His is not a moral stance but one of reportage leaving us to speculate on why such a reflex exists in our psyche at all., comments Patrick T Murphy.

A full colour catalogue with essays by Maeve Connolly, Lecturer Film & Animation, IADT and Joseph R. Wolin, Curator and Art Critic, NY and an interview with the artist and Patrick T. Murphy, Director will accompany this exhibition.

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