Lauren Kelly is a conceptual performance artist whose practice explores the body as the main tool to create art. Working solo and in a socially engaged manner, her practice utilises the unlimited landscape of performance art to speak back to power and to fight for equality and truth. Kelly’s work connects with other researchers, archivists and activists to explore issues in historical, personal and political depth. Her work relates both to the past and that which still resonates today in Irish politics.
Taking an anti-capitalist position and often opting for alternative ways to fight against oppression, she asks difficult questions in order to find a space of negotiation with the public. The work presented for the degree platform has been made in conjunction with the activist group ROSA, The National Archives of Ireland, and Kilmainham Gaol. It explores the voices of women and others who have been effected by oppression.