Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Northern Ireland

Myrid Carten

Artist Intro

Myrid Carten is an Irish moving image artist who has screened work internationally. Since graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University of London in 2014 she has worked at the intersection of experimental video, documentary and cinema to question the borders of subjectivity and truth. Her moving image works have been commissioned and broadcast by the BBC and she currently has a film in development with Northern Ireland Screen and BFI.

Myrid has received the ACNI SIAP award in 2016 and 2018, and participated in the ACNI & British Council international artist residency to India 2017-18. She recently received the Fire Station Artists Studio Digital Media Award 2018 and the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Project Studio Award 2018-19.

Originally from Donegal, Myrid is currently developing a new body of work around Gortahork through the support of the Arts Council of Ireland's Next Generation artists award 2018-19.

During her DAS residency Myrid plans to develop an experimental documentary film-work entitled ‘Carrick Rua’ which is situated between Donegal’s Gaeltacht and Scotland. The work examines the Irish Diaspora’s search for home through intimate access to eight elderly aunts and uncles at war over the mythologised figure of her dead grandmother. It builds on themes of Myrid's previous films; how mythologies of the self and collective memory connect or distance us. This ‘fly in the soup’ documentary digs into this history through observations and conversations; how and why does her family occupy these messy spaces and stories in day to day life? Rooted in a landscape with its own complicated history, the film asks questions about the Donegal diaspora which are nevertheless relevant to us all: how does a family disintegrate, what gets passed down, and what does it mean to belong?

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