showcased in global art project
THE Mica crisis in
Inishowen has been showcased in a global art project,
called ‘Mirrored Journey’, which aims to connect artists
from around the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
The project provides the artists with opportunities to
discover unknown places and situations together and see
life from new perspectives.
The idea for ‘Mirrored Journey’ arose during discussions
between Japanese artist Kazuhiro Yajima and Bulgarian
artist Violeta Ivanova about alternatives to travel and
new types of collaboration. In ‘Mirrored Journey’
artists receive a small mirror by post and are
encouraged to share through it reflections of a
location, story or idea important to themselves or their
Mirrored Journey: Mica
crisis photos by Inishowen based artist Rebecca Strain.
Inishowen based artist
Rebecca Strain, who is a participant in the project, has
chosen to showcase the devastating impact the Mica
crisis is having on families and communities throughout
“Here in Inishowen we are experiencing a Mica housing
crisis, so I have personally wanted to use the ‘Mirrored
Journey’ project to document and raise awareness of the
devastating impact this is having on families and local
communities” she said.
“Indeed, this crisis is affecting thousands of families
throughout Donegal who are living in once beautiful
homes that may fall down any day. They planned a dream
life with their family and community but are now living
a nightmare with their homes having to be demolished."
Rebecca added: “I therefore hope that my contribution to
the ‘Mirrored Journey’ global art project will help to
raise awareness of the plight of these families
internationally and also encourage other people to
reflect on what is a dire situation for so many local
families as they struggle to rebuild their homes and
For further information on the ‘Mirrored Journey’