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Tina Keane
Correspondingly, Shadow of a Journey, gave voice to local memories of traumatic events which otherwise would have no part of the sensuous experience of another place of great beauty: the Western Isles in Scotland.

Women, interviewed by the artist, recount stories handed down to them by their parents and grandparents, of the Clearances of the early 19th century, the forced removal of the local population of crofters to make way for sheep-farming. As well as the testimony to suffering, Tina Keane wanted to emphasise the positive strength of influences and links between generations. The means to do this came about through a chance discovery made on the boat trip from Skye to Harris: "To me it was a magical journey… I looked down and saw time moving in amongst the shadows. I got my camera out and just intuitively began to film these waves. One thing the film had - it had optimism. It had the universe and it had energy, constant energy …. those shadows on the water could be you, they could be me, they could be anyone. People coming, or people who have been. It could be a hundred years ago - anywhere, anybody." The perception of an 'echo' between the watery flux of the waves, the shadows of people leaning over the rail, and the electronic flux of the video image, was to be highly fruitful for her later work.

Still from Shadow of a Journey by Tina Keane, 1980
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