THE AGREEMENT PORTRAITS (2004-) Since 2004, Dunsmore has filmed portraits of individuals engaged in politics. The Agreement Portraits is a unique collection of video portraits depicting individuals involved in the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ended decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. This is a monumental artwork series created in recognition and inspired by these individuals contribution to the ending of ‘The Troubles’. These calm filmic studies in light present a point of reflection, a moment of silence. The portraits are silent, twenty minutes in duration and continuously looped in gallery presentation, and in all of them the subjects are still, seated, their gaze focused and looking out towards the audience.
The Agreement Portraits: David Ervine, Progressive Unionist Party, filmed in Belfast, 2004; Lord Alderdice, Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, filmed in Belfast, 2005; Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin, filmed in Derry/Londonderry, 2005; John Hume, Social Democratic and Labour Party, filmed in Derry/Londonderry, 2005, David Trimble (by then Lord Trimble), Ulster Unionist Party, filmed in Banbridge, Co. Down, 2017; Senator George Mitchell, United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, filmed in Dublin, 2018; Monica McWilliams, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, filmed in Belfast, 2019; Pearl Sagar, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, filmed in Belfast, 2019; Seamus Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party, filmed in Markethill, Armagh, 2019; Bertie Ahern, Fianna Fáil Taoiseach, filmed in Drumcondra, Dublin, 2019.