Remembering the thousands of people drowned crossing the Med.

Using art and humanity to honour the dead and inspire change, from the Irish words Croí (meaning heart) and cuimhneamh (meaning to remember).

Croíneamh is a collaborative artistic intervention which is conceived as a moment of reflection and remembrance for the 36,570+ people who have died crossing the Mediterranean in the last 15 years.

Croíneamh will manifest itself in 3 very distinctive forms;

Firstly in the form of a public participation installation in the Glucksman Gallery, UCC. The special yellow buoy above is positioned to draw attention to the number of children, women & men who are known to have died – the actual number may be much bigger. Viewers are invited to reflect on the List of names and add their voice and support by recording a few of these names.

Secondly, in the shape of a specially commissioned maritime buoy which will be anchored in the River Lee directly in front of Cork City Hall. From this buoy, an audio system will ‘broadcast’ the names and dates of those who have drowned, attempting to reach European shores.

For the final part of this artwork, a team of internationally renowned artists will create a ‘virtual sanctuary’ for the spirits of the dead; tangible elements, for us, the viewer to reflect and engage with the tragedy that continues today. Joe Hogan, Peadar Lamb and Debbie Dawson are each creating new work specifically for this project. This will be unveiled on the 14th of May 2020 in tandem with the memorial buoy.

Croíneamh would like to thank the Glucksman Gallery for the opportunity to bring this new work into the public domain in the John G. Sisk Gallery during March 2020. Special thanks are also due to Port of Cork for the use of their buoy, Cork City Council Arts Office for their support and for the team of volunteers who have all donated their time and thoughts.