Máiréad Delaney works in performance and installation, investigating how gendered bodies respond to the unleashing of systemic violence. Currently pursuing an MFA in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Delaney studied at the postgraduate level in Ireland, working with the Irish women’s collective Survivors of Symphysiotomy. Delaney has exhibited internationally, in New York, Ireland and the UK, Chile and Ethiopia. She has presented work in the Science Gallery Dublin, in partnership with MoMA’s Design and Violence, at MANA Contemporary Chicago, the VI International Biennial of Performance DEFORMES, for the Dublin Live Art Festival and Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, at the Queen’s Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, for Dublin’s Livestock and with Bbeyond at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
My practice addresses human rights abuses, medical violence and eugenics in postcolonial context through live art and installation. I have worked specifically with survivors of this violence in Ireland, women who experienced symphysiotomy, a pro-life procedure which severed the pelvis during childbirth. I make works in public space which are actions of solidarity and protest; they aim to bring the language of the body into conversation with larger discourses of state power. I work in unruliness and complex complicity. I aim in my practice to find embodied comprehension around trauma and systemic violence, dehumanisation and dignity. In this way I hope performance can activate witnessing, and in turn generate mutual responsibility.