Transforming Long Kesh/Maze

Martin Krenn, Aisling O'Beirn

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‘Transforming Long Kesh/Maze’ is a collaborative social sculpture by artists Martin Krenn and Aisling O’Beirn, exploring the future of the Maze/Long Kesh site beyond its current state of limbo. The former prison has both a physical presence and conceptual importance. Indecision about its future at government level says much about the political climate of a ‘post-conflict’ society. Given this, the artists are interested in how one can think beyond the site’s legacy and to its future.The artists worked with individuals who have had first-hand experience of the prison such as ex-prisoners, former visitors, ex-prison staff and community museums to collaboratively photograph existing prison artefacts or to co-create unique small sculptural objects to reflect their personal experiences of this site. Techniques for creating the new objects include methods traditionally used in making prison art.The project is part of Traces, a three-year project funded in 2016 by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Ulster University is a partner in the Traces project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages0
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Oct 2017
EventUnexpected Heritages | The Reuse of Former-Prisons: Challenges and PotentiaL, Santa Agata prison, Bergamo – Italy -
Duration: 1 Oct 2017 → …


ConferenceUnexpected Heritages | The Reuse of Former-Prisons: Challenges and PotentiaL, Santa Agata prison, Bergamo – Italy
Period1/10/17 → …


  • Long Kesh/Maze Contentious cultural heritages TRACES

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  • Research Output

    Restaging the Object: A Participatory Exploration of Long Kesh/Maze Prison

    O'Beirn, A. & Krenn, M., 25 Jun 2019, 1 ed. Berlin: K. Verlag. 226 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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    Krenn, M., & O'Beirn, A. (Accepted/In press). Transforming Long Kesh/Maze. In Unknown Host Publication TRACES.