Bridget Sheridan is a visual artist based in the South West of France. Her art looks at the recollection of memories through walking, and our interaction with the landscape, which has links to anthropology and history.
Her installations combine photography and video projection, with writing and sound.
She regularly exhibits her work in contemporary art centres in England and France, and takes part in artistic and creative events.
She is also an associate researcher at LLA CREATIS attached to the University of Toulouse. As well as having a doctorate in visual arts, she is a lecturer at Jean Jaurès University where she holds workshops and teaches contemporary visual art theory.
Bridget undertook an artists’ residency at Galerie Peyrusse during 2017, creating a work involving paths, memory and movement. Her light installation at the gallery in 2018 concerned the devastating depletion of boxwood paths, and her light and sound installations in 2019 commemorates the 80 years of the Retirada.
Teresa is one of the thousands of people who escaped Franco’s dictatorship during the successive exoduses of the Spanish Civil War. Now aged 90 years old, she recounts the story of her 11-year old self crossing the mountains with her mother and father, with the help of a smuggler. Both physical and emotional pain merges together during the discussions with Bridget Sheridan. She remembers the throbbing of her feet caused by trekking across the mountain. This pain combined with grief, over the loss of “her” Catalonia and everything that she had left behind at the border.
The installation follows Teresa’s account and explores her memory through image, writing and sound. This story, reminiscent of other refugees’ stories, has been the focus of many archival research projects, meetings and walks through places that Teresa mentioned (the smugglers’ routes, and the beach at Argelès Nord where the refugee camp was based). Thus from this Bridget Sheridan’s artistic practice takes shape: a roaming which begins by reading and listening to testimonies, following the landscape, which is full of traces of our history.
The installation is part of the “Occitan ! Catalan!” exhibition, which runs from 11th May until 31st October 2019.