"Deedpoll Namechange", 2009
DEEDPOLL NAMECHANGE, 2009, VIDEO DOCUMENTARY, IRELAND AND SERBIA
Whilst taking the name of an asylum seeker in Ireland, the documentary focuses on the injustices and corruption of the Direct Provision system, and the circumstances of this person's family and friends in their home country. In essence, applying for a travel visa to enable this person's father to travel to Ireland via the Irish consulate in Serbia.
My father, Gerard Duffy became my witness in the name change, as I paid €500 to my solicitor in the process. The unnamed asylum seeker had been waiting for status at this point for five years.
This unnamed person remains a close friend, where he now holds full Irish citizenship. I have since returned to my birth name Bryan Gerard Duffy.
PLEASE NOTE: For the protection of the people involved, all images, recordings and use of name are no longer employed.
"...Expecting her to want to ask me questions, the conversation was more about reaching out and engaging with someone who is isolated from society." Michelle Browne, artist, writer and curator based in Dublin
"Deedpoll Namechange", video still, 2009 and "The person who answers your call would like to speak with you", installation, 2009
©Bryan Gerard Duffy