DLAF17 Artist Profile- Martin O’Brien

This year's DLAF

TIME: 20.00
DATE: Saturday 19 August
VENUE: The Complex
FEE: €10
You can get tickets here.

It’s Good to Breathe In (This Dublin Air)

Take a breath… And another. Keep breathing. Whatever you do, just keep breathing.

This performance is part of Martin’s ongoing series of works that respond to the specific locations in relation to his sick body. It’s Good to Breathe in (this Dublin Air) sees Martin perform in Ireland for the first time. The etymology of the name Dublin comes from the early classical Irish Dubhlind, meaning dark tidal pool. The performance uses this image alongside Martin’s own condition and the history of his family coming from the city in order to develop actions which consider survival and the fight for breath.


It’s Good to Breathe In (This Dublin Air) will contain images and content of an adult nature
and is suitable for over 18’s only.

Martin O’Brien is an artist whose performance work draws upon his experience of suffering from cystic fibrosis. His work is concerned with physical endurance, disgust, long durations and pain based practices in order to address a politics of the sick queer body and examine what it means to be born with a life threatening disease, politically and philosophically.