Requiem for Lena
2005 / Veronica Coburn
A young woman sorts through her mother’s belongings after her death – a suicide. As the young woman looks at old photos, recalling memories and family stories, her mother and her six aunts bring to life vivid moments from their lives. They remember and recreate Dublin in the 1940s and 50s. Their stories illustrate the hopes, dreams and social circumstances that defined women of that time. The piece was inspired by Mozart’s Requiem.