PhotoIreland Festival | The Darkroom

This year we are proud to be part of the annual PhotoIreland Festival that is happening all around the country. We are having six exhibition in The Darkroom this summer as part of the festival and our first one is coming up on the 16th of May. You can see everything that is happening in The Darkroom here or through the PhotoIreland catalogue link here.

Diversity of Four

Our first exhibition is a group show of four young artists. What combines them is their use of analogue photography and techniques revealing four diverse methods and approaches. The exhibition opens on Thursday the 16th of May from 6:30pm – 9pm and runs from 17th – 25th, 11:30am – 6:30pm.

Róisín White will share an insight into her practice and visual research by presenting her artist books relating to her recent project. This body of work examines Irish folk tradition and culture around pregnancy, childbirth and the protection of children from malevolent forces.

Giulia Berto’s work investigates the emotional aftermath of lovers in a long-distance relationship. Berto’s photographs capture ephemeral moments within a relationship. By expressing the feelings and sentiments explored throughout her journey, she invites the viewer to be transported to three cities, four countries and two continents.

Bob Gallagher is a filmmaker, presenting a series of 3D black and white portraits. Investigating the still image and transforming it into a moving image using a 3D Camera. The camera he is using shoots four perspectives at once, so it gives the effect of freezing a moment, while giving you a sense that the image is moving within that moment.

Aoife Fogarty is a graduate of TU’s BA in Fine Art. Her work investigates the seaside town of Courtown in County Wexford. Looking back on idyllic summer holidays spent in the village as a child and what it now represents, a new and different memory emerges as the place of her father’s untimely death. Now things seem not as bright or as wonderful, her images show the reality that is sticky fingers and sandy sandwiches.

Threads

Threads investigates the invisible threads that link or are broken within the featured artists’ work, looking at both the tangible and invisible realities. Each artist choosing different subject matter and approaches combining in a diverse set of works. Featuring works by: Catriona Leahy, Dominick McGrath, Charlie Doherty, and Karo Van den Brande. Opening on the 30th of May at 6:30pm. Running from the 31st – 9th of June, 11:30am – 6pm.

Catriona Leahy has exhibited and has participated in a number of residencies in Ireland and internationally. Leahy examines time, duration, and memory, both in a personal and wider social context, giving these inherently ambiguous, intangible and subjective phenomena a material and spatial context.

Karo Van den Brande from Belgium is an emerging photographic artist, who experiments with layers of materials, interrupting and at time segmenting the image.

Dominic McGrath’s work is an intimate portrait of one of the few vintage car garages left in Ireland, so we gain an insight into a vanishing world.

Charlie Doherty is a video artist from Donegal, presenting a fragile and intimate body of work, where each image is threaded to connect to the other.

Wanderings

Two photographers from two different eras, each have a passion for travel and photography, both using film as their medium. This exhibition spans over 3 decades.The opening is on Thursday the 13th of June at 6:30pm and running 14th – 23rd from 11:30am – 6pm

With Frank Little, using an Olympus OM1 who started his wanderings in 1980. Taking his camera armed with Kodachrome and black and white film, he travelled widely around the world over a 10 year period. His work captures the everyday in a quiet reflection which invites the viewer to delve in and be taken on a journey of forgotten times as well as new work from a recent trip to Vietnam.

Sébastien Rannou, a ­­emerging photographic artist, wanderings through Europe unveiling the unusual where shadow and light come together creating a stillness. His images ask the viewer to stop for a moment in time embodying the silence that emanates from his work.

Mella Travers – Inverse

In this work, Mella Travers uses experimental film development techniques by using chemical stripping agents and re-developing techniques to create this body of work reminiscent of the 1920 silent movies.

The wall itself is a perfect backdrop where people and objects appear to be emerging or disappearing, with the use of experimental process showing the negative and positive image in one frame.

Opening on the 3rd of July at 6:30pm -9pm and running from 4th – 11th, 11:30am – 6pm.

Sinead Curren – Spruce

Spruce explores the forest landscape over a period of plantation to maturation, in particular the sitka spruce, a conifer introduced from Canada to Irish forestry in the early 1900s by Augustine Henry. A dialogue emerges between the plantation landscape and the built environment that examines the way people observe and relate to the natural landscape. In the photographs a building acts as a metaphor for a childhood idealistic narrative from one of displacement: a space of uncertainty and disillusionment. The work sheds lights on the tragic conflict while the film underpins the construct of cultural acceptance. Sinead Curran is based in Dublin and has a MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT. Original text by Sue Rainsford will accompany the exhibition.

Opening 18th of July at 6:30pm – 9pm. Running from the 19th – 30th of July 11:30am – 6pm.

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