Contemporary Photography from Ireland
Ciarán Óg Arnold, Enda Bowe, Eamonn Doyle, Emer Gillespie, Shane Lynam, Dara McGrath, Yvette Monahan
Opens 7 April 2016 at 7.30 pm
Address of welcome: Alan O'Brian (Embassy of Ireland, Vienna)
Introduction: Tanya Kiang & Trish Lambe (Gallery of Photography, Dublin)
Exhibition run: 8 April − 28 May 2016
With this exhibition created in collaboration with the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, FOTOHOF is offering an insight into Ireland’s current fine art photography scene.
Ciarán Óg Arnold's "Going out, looking to score a woman" is a no-holds-barred look at night life in Ireland. Scenes from grimy pubs, people in search of happiness, alcohol, and relationships. Starting from the Gaelic term Teannalach (awareness), Enda Bowe went in search of the ‘aesthetic of the ordinary’ in an irish small town. Eamonn Doyle's series "ON" depicts passers-by in the centre of Dublin caught in a remarkable moment. In "Fallen Women" Emer Gillespie explores the fate of single mothers who were forced to hand over their children for adoption.
Shane Lynam has selected a number of his large-format landscape photographs of the city and the outskirts of Dublin from his cycle Inner Field. In "Project Cleansweep" Dara McGrath explores military history: exactly one hundred years ago the British military began experimenting with chemical weapons. McGrath has photographed a number of testing sites and raises the question of the impact these experiments still have today on the environment and on people. Yvette Monahan's meditative and filmic photographic work "The thousand year old boy" focuses on the poetics and history of the coastal landscapes in the west of Ireland.
Twenty topical photo books from Ireland add an important facet to the exhibition. They were selected by the curators of the Gallery of Photography, Tanya Kiang and Trish Lambe, jointly with FOTOHOF and represent the multilayered complexity of Ireland’s contemporary photo scene.
In the FOTOHOF archive:
MUSTER - Photographs and Videos, 1991 - 2012
The current show in the FOTOHOF archive presents the artistic "modus operandi" of Michaela Moscouw. Handmade, small scale sample prints, that she used as artwork for large format performances, can be seen as well as the enormous print "Die Loge" created in 1991/92..
In addition to this aspect of Michaela Moscouws photography, the archive presents a selection of "Kurzvideos", Moscouws cinematic works between 2008 and 2012.
Michaela Moscouw, *1961 in Vienna, lives and works in Vienna.