UNCERTAIN STATE – Temple Bar Photography Summer School

June 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Bell, Decommissioned Trading Floor Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) July, 2012 Dublin, Ireland from THE MARKET, a project by Mark Curran

Bell, Decommissioned Trading Floor
Irish Stock Exchange (ISE)
July, 2012 Dublin, Ireland
from THE MARKET, a project by Mark Curran

The inaugural Temple Bar Photography Summer School takes place this Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. The two-day programme will explore how contemporary photographers are responding to this moment of uncertainty and instability in contemporary Ireland. The event further links in with the forthcoming group exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, titled Uncertain State. The accompanying text for the exhibition questions:

How is photography responding to the crisis? Uncertain State looks at how photographic artists are representing this period of austerity and uncertainty in Ireland. Their work addresses important issues at the heart of where we are now: contested and hidden histories, effects of the global financial crisis and the radically altered social and physical landscapes. The ten artists in Uncertain State go beyond surface readings to reflect the emerging concerns in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland: the treatment of asylum seekers; institutional abuse; sexual abuse; emigration; the legacy of the property crash; identity; disadvantage & marginalisation; and the legacy of conflict.

Such themes will be the subject this weekend and will include the following leading artists, academics, historians and writers:

Dr. Luke Gibbons (Academic and Writer, NUIM)
Val Connor (Curator, NWCI Legacy Project)
Helen Carey (Director,Limerick City Gallery)
Pat Cooke (Curator and Academic, UCD),
Mark Curran (Artist and academic,IADT),
Tommy Graham (Editor, History Ireland),
Michael Hinch (Editorial Imaging Manager,Independent Newspapers Ireland),
Colette O’Flaherty – Keeper of Archival Collections,
Liam Kennedy (Writer and academic, UCD),
David Farrell (Artist and academic, IADT),
Seán Hillen (Artist),
Paul Seawright (Artist and academic, UU),
Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith (Writer and academic,UCD)
Declan Long (Writer and academic, NCAD)
Anthony Haughey (Artist and academic, DIT)#

Full details and how to book a place can be found here.


January 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Having entered the centenary year of the Dublin Lockout, the words belong to the curator of this project, Helen Carey (Director, Limerick City Gallery of Art), and formed part of Helen’s presentation as part of a panel discussion held last October at the Arts Office of the Dublin City Council, The LAB. In the context of the exhibition, Digging the Monto, facilitated by Thomas Kador, the panel critically addressed the question of how to commemorate the 1913 Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising and the Treaty?

Thematically, Helen addressed the role of memory, the relationship between power and the construction of history and with such awareness, what is the role of contemporary visual art practice to mark this pivotal moment in Irish labour history with critical significance for the globalised present and the possibilities for a re-imagined future. Now available online, the presentations begin with Helen and are followed by  Mary Muldowney (Oral Historian, Trinity College Dublin), Padraig Yeates (Lockout  Historian & Writer),Roisin Higgins (Historian, Boston College), Pat Cooke (School of Art History & Cultural Policy, University College Dublin) and is chaired by Charles Duggan (Dublin City Council).

When we are talking about commemoration, we are talking about power and not necessarily history (Helen Carey)

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