New Academic Paper Published In Important Journal
‘Seán Hillen, conspiracy theory and the ends of Irish art‘ by Professor James McNaughton of the University of Alabama, published in Irish Studies Review;
“Seán Hillen is Ireland’s most important photocollage artist and acutely aware of how aesthetic forms interact with public discourse.
To understand the latter, this article first examines Hillen and Desmond Fitzgerald’s memorial for the Omagh Bombing, which aimed for community reconciliation, but whose reception absorbed the interpretative crisis produced by the bungled police investigation and surrounding conspiracy theories. Hillen’s photomontages, on the contrary, intently expose such interpretative crises.