CDS Documentary Essay Prizewinner Rachel Andrews on Ireland’s Maze Prison, April 16

From the series “Deconstructing the Maze.” Photograph by Dara McGrath © 2008.

From the series “Deconstructing the Maze.” Photograph by Dara McGrath © 2008.

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years. On April 16, the Center for Documentary Studies will host the winner of the inaugural 2013 prize competition, Irish writer Rachel Andrews, for a public presentation with photographer Dara McGrath on documenting the demolition of Ireland’s Maze Prison complex, the subject of Andrews’ prizewinning essay,”A New Wilderness at the Maze.” The maximum-security facility near Belfast is where paramilitary prisoners were incarcerated during the “Troubles” (1971–2000) and where ten Republican hunger strikers died in 1981.

Wednesday, April 16, reception 6 p.m., talk 7 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies auditorium
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina
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Andrews will give a reading, with projected photographs, followed by a conversation. An excerpt from her essay appeared in the online Winter 2014 issue of Document, CDS’s quarterly publication. During a three-day visit to Duke—cosponsored with CDS by the university’s Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Borderwork(s) Humanities Lab—Andrews and McGrath will meet with students in a variety of classes and interdisciplinary humanities programs to discuss their documentary process.

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews

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