6–21 March 2009
Commissioned by Cork 2005, as part of Cork´s tenure as European Capital of Culture, Presentation Sisters was made during a residency by the artist Tacita Dean. Documenting a number of weeks in the lives of an order of nuns, as they go through their daily religious and domestic rituals, the film is an evocative portrait of a passing way of life. At the time Dean made this film in Cork, the Presentation Convent had been sold and the order of nuns were preparing to move to a new home. The building itself plays an important role in the film, its spaces redolent of the age of Victorian institutions. Presentation Sisters has been acquired as part of the Crawford Art Gallery´s permanent collection.