In Mantua Me Genuit
Mantua is the townland in Roscommon where my maternal grandparents, great grandparents and great-great grandparents hailed from. This boggy townland with an Italian name was home to the Mantua Artists Residency, where I stayed during the Summer 2008. The video is about art-design, rural-urban, natural-manmade and the other tensions implied in revisiting a place where our antecedents were born, lived and died. The title ‘In Mantua Me Genuit’, is the the first line from Virgil’s autobiography and means ‘I was born in Mantua’, I found the text quoted in parish records when researching my relatives there.