Echoes of Hanna
Women Outside is a sound work of 23 mins duration, created as part of a large scale installation Echoes of Hanna and first heard projected through two large scale speakers into the empty prison yard of Cathal Brugha Barracks Rathmines, during the launch of Culture Night Dublin 2016. Inspired and re-imagined from the original speeches, quotes and words of six incredibly brave women who stood up to the authority of the day without thinking of the consequences for themselves or their personal safety. Across time, race place and generation, we hear their words linked by their belief in justice and equality for women.Their voices are mediated through Hanna Sheehy Skeffington - narrated by the artist Olwen Fouere - a remarkable early Irish Feminist (1877-1946). In the full recording, each sequential sound script is punctuated by an short ambient sound collage.

These remarkable women have personally taken on some of the most repressive
regimes, often putting themselves and their families in extreme danger. They stand
for individual and collective independent thought and freedom. It is fitting that, recontextualised
in this historical prisoners' yard, their dreams, words and actions create a continuous chant
echoing over these stark red-brick walls to resonate out into the community beyond and the wider
world to reach a new audience. Like the way the sea whispers around us as a constant
reminder of the passing of time, these voices celebrate and remind us of the power of the
individual to stand up to and question unequal belief systems that, so often hidden in
the guise of tradition, social custom and familiarity, become normalised and acceptable.

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Born 1877-1946 Kanturk, Co Cork, Ireland, suffragette, feminist and Irish nationalist.
Manal al-Sharif: Born 1979 Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian activist and spokeswoman for the Women2Drive campaign.
Soujouner Truth: Born c.1797-1883 Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, USA, African-American itinerant preacher, abolitionist and women's rights activist.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Born 1990 in Kabul Afghanistan, Afghan educator, humanitarian, and women's rights champion and runs a school for girls in Afghanistan.
Rosa Parks: Born 1913-2005 Tuskegee, Alabama, USA, civil rights activist.
Gloria Steinem: Born 1934 Toledo, Ohio, USA, American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist, who became nationally recognised as a leader in the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Olwen Fouere: Born in the west coast of Ireland of Breton parents, her work includes the primary creation of image, text and personae and her extensive practice navigates the performance contexts of mainstream theatre, the visual arts, music, dance theatre and literature.

The sound files are listed in their correct sequential order, to isolate and listen to the individual scripts please click on each piece.

Hanna and the artist...
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Shabana Basij Rasikh...

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Sojourner Truth...

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Manal Al Sharif...

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Gloria Steinem...

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Rosa Parks...

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Hanna's Last Will and Testimony...

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 Narrator Olwen Fouere    Women Outside 
 Hanna Sheehy Skeffington     
 Shabana Basij-Rasikh     
 Sojourner Truth   Human Rights Activist 
 Manal Al Sharif     
 Gloria Steinem     
 Rosa Parks