Newry Gagarin crosses the Border

© By Sean Hillen

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Sean Hillen says: ‘This, with ‘The Goddess Appears in Newry’, is one of the last two ‘political’ montages I made from this era. Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. I was born about an hour after he landed, and couldn’t resist the Newry Gagarin pun & opportunity for pictures.

Sean Hillen says: ‘The “politically engaged” collage probably works best with the dialectic contrast of opposites; in this case our ability to fly to space and look at the world from afar or to use the same intelligence to do dirty war on each other.’

Hillen’s concerns are wider than the Troubles in Northern Ireland but address war abroad.

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Photomontage (original photo & montage)


44 x 30cm




Permanent collection; Imperial War Museum. (acquired 2009)