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NORTHERN LIGHT: IMMA, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland 28/10/2020 – 14/02/2021

Oct 22 2020

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union in 2021, it is an opportune time to reflect on the shared history of Ireland and the UK; 2021 also marks the centenary of the partition of this island and the civil war that ensued. Northern Light presents work by photographers that examines the history of the conflict in Northern Ireland specifically and places it alongside other contemporaneous events internationally. Artists include Gilles Caron, David Farrell, Tony O’Shea, Gilles Peress, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Rosalind Solomon, Chris Steele Perkins, Amelia Stein and Donovan Wylie.

Donovan Wylie’s new series Lighthouse will be shown here for the first time. Wylie photographed a lighthouse seen from the opposing coastlines of Northern Ireland and Great Britain at the precise moments of the Brexit votes in Westminster. These images across the sea are a reminder of a physical barrier, but the lighthouse is a hopeful representation of simultaneous closeness and distance. Moving back through recent decades, Wylie’s work also records the demolition of buildings at the Maze Prison, while his Watchtower series is a reminder of the infrastructure of surveillance that forms part of a ‘hard border’. Tony O’Shea’s Border Roads series from the early 1990s looks at a series of ‘Days of Action’ when border communities united to reopen ‘unapproved’ roads that had been blocked by security forces. The successful reopening was sometimes marked by joyful events such as musical events at the site. Other photographs by Gilles Peress and Chris Steele Perkins were taken during riots and other violent protests which are a reminder of the impact of the conflict on communities and children in particular.

Northern Light is drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn over the past 25 years. The Kronn Collection is a promised gift to IMMA and comprises more than 1100 photographs ranging in content from 19th-century.

THE BLOODS

Portraits of serving and former serving members of the Defence Forces, James Stephens Baracks, Kilkenny, Ireland.

L to R

Recce Platoon Sergeant . Sergeant John Collins, 2019

Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Specialist. No person identified, 2019

Recce Platoon Soldier – Night Vision. Private Oisín Roche, 2019

Archival Pigment Prints, 65cm x 65cm

 

LE TIRAGE À MAINS NUES , Guillaume Genste Août/September 2020

Oct 22 2020

LaMAINdonne éditions, /www.lamindonne.fr

“Le Tirage àmains nues” ,  Printing with Bare Hands .First Edition sold out

Guillaume Geneste est le créateur du laboratoire La Chambre Noire à Paris. L’un des derniers tireurs argentique en France et le compagnon de route de nombreux photographes… Dans ce livre, il nous livre ses ré exions sur le travail de tireur, sur les rela- tions qu’il entretient avec l’artiste photographe, sur l’avenir de ce métier. Ré exions, anecdotes et entretiens avec de grands noms de la photographie internationale (Ralph Gibson, Duane Michals, Sid Kaplan ou Howard Greenberg…), tout autant que des photo- graphes français de toutes générations (Arnaud Claass, Gabrielle Duplantier, Valérie Belin, Jo Terrien…), nous font entrer dans les coulisses du métier de tireur.

L’occasion de recroiser le chemin et les photographies de Jacques Henri Lartigue, Klavdij Sluban, Denis Roche, Bernard Plossu, Henri Cartier Bresson, Martine Franck, Pierre de Fenoÿl, Sabine Weiss, Anne-Lise Broyer et tant d’autres encore…

Un livre sans précédent, ni technique, ni théorique, mais un livre de passion et d’émotion qui fera référence sur le sujet.

Sheepwire 1. Photo Amelia Stein

My short text included in the book as follows :

To enter the darkroom, the sacred place, quite, calm bathed in low light, red light .
The ritual, making the arrangements for time to spend in the darkroom making prints together .
Arriving in Paris, from Dublin, Ireland with all of the expectation, anticipation, excitement, and fear .
Pressing the code for the street door, it swings open, stepping inside, the corridor leads to the door of the Laboratory.
The hanging bells announce my arrival as I push the door open, that moment of reacquaintance, a smile on Guillaume’s face .
Order, calm, prints drying, apprehension, impostor syndrome, coffee and I take a deep breath .
I hand over the negatives and the interpretation will begin .
The curtain of dark fabric is pushed aside and we enter the world of alchemy.
Guilliaume brings another layer of interpretation to each image, those years of handing film paper and chemicals
His incredible knowledge of the medium of the black and white print, intuition and experience.
The ability to grasp at an implied emotion and translate it.
Sometimes we talk . Sometimes not . Mostly in French, loosing my inhibitions about my scrappy grasp of the language in the dim light.
Always we have lunch early . We talk about photo books and family.
Always I learn something new, about this obsession, the silver gelatin print , about my work, other photographers work
I see each image in a new light, watch the test prints being folded and discarded.
I think about working harder when I am next on a headland watching the day glide over the land. Waiting .
The dry and finished prints, full of my intended emotional content and more, rarely disappoint when I collect them the following day .
I leave with a box under my arm and make my way home from Avenue Jean Pierre Timbaud, a backward glance to Opera Gariner as I pay for my fare on the Roissybus to the Airport .
This box will next be on my table in Dublin, the ceremony of opening it and regarding our work together in different light, Irish light .

190th RHA ANNUAL EXHIBITION , Online 20/10/20 – 13/12/20

Oct 22 2020

Plastic Bag 1,  Béal Derig . Edition of 5 . Archival Pigment Print, Bamboo Paper   56 x 45 cm
Plastic Bag 2,  Béal Derig . Edition of 5.  Archival Pigment Print, Bamboo Paper   56 x 45cm

Pool 2, Cill a’Ghallagáin.  Edition of 5 . Archival Pigment Print, Bamboo Paper + Pencil  49×38 cm
Pool 3, Cill a’Ghallagáin.  Edition of 5 . Archival Pigment Print, Bamboo Paper + Pencil  49×38 cm

 

 

AIRMAIL#2 Online Exhibition, ASSAB ONE, Milan, Italy. 2020

Aug 23 2020

The nomadic project by Richard Gorman returns to Assab One( Milan, Italy) firstly as on online Exhibition. Other Exhibitions venures were Tokyo (Yanagisawa Gallery), Belfast (Fenderesky Gallery), Dublin (SOFineart Editions). As in the previous exhibitions of 2017, Artists are Richard Gorman and Assab One’s friends. Each Artist showing 4 to 6 two-dimensional works, drawings, photographs, collages, the only restrictions are that the works should be on paper or card with the longest edge around 30 cm. All works have been delivered to Assab One via mail, hence the Title. The onsite exhibition at Assab One will start 8th Sept, 2020, Milan, Italy.

THE BLOODS, 07/08/2020 – 11/11/2020, Butler Gallery, Evan’s Home, Kilkenny, Ireland

Jul 29 2020

 

THE BLOODS

Working with members of the Defence Forces from the 3 Inf Bn, based in James Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny, the photographer Amelia Stein has produced a body of work that is both a visual inventory in the medium of traditional black and white photography, and a portrait in time, that seeks to represent the diversity of those men and women who are currently serving or have served within the walls of the Barracks. Highlighting the assortment of skills and diverse employment required to sustain a vibrant military unit and Barracks, this visual exploration was influenced by the work of the photographers August Sander ‘Face of our Time’.

The Handball Alley, within the Barracks, provided a daylight studio and a private space where the portraits were made. A number of visits were arranged over the years from 2015 to 2019, as the project developed and the breath of the work was realised. Military training prepares soldiers to stand with confidence and pride for tasks such as ceremonial duties. This characteristic was brought to the work by each individual who stood before the camera.

The Exhibition, comprising 58 portraits, is titled ‘The Bloods’ the name associated with the 3 Inf Bn. Founded in Donegal, the 3 Inf Bn is the only military unit to have consistently remained on military establishment tables since 1923, and is thus recognised as the oldest and most senior unit of the Defence Forces.

Images portray roles such as the Sniper, Medic, Mechanic, Chef, Piper, Barber, Hurler, Machine Gun Operator and Veteran. Those depicted range from the Commanding Officer and the Sergeant Major, to new Recruits, and include Fionn, the Wolfhound Mascot of ‘The Bloods’ and his Handler. Looking at these images we see the culture of the Defence Forces and are given unique insight of the ‘village behind the wall’ that is James Stephens Barracks; an integral part of Kilkenny City.

In addition to honouring our Defence Forces, this body of work pays tribute to one of the Evans’ Home previous uses as a military barracks and will act as an important opening exhibition for the Butler Gallery at Evans’ Home and for the people of Kilkenny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Brian Cregan

MOVING SPACES:Learning through the UCC Art Collection : EXTENDED to 13/09/2020, Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork, Ireland

Jul 29 2020

Over the last few years, the University College Cork Art Collection has been developed as an active learning resource. The collection has been at the centre of their Classroom Museum initiative and has expanded through acquisitions related to education and curatorial projects.

MOVING SPACES reflects on these instances of learning with an exhibition of new works from the UCC Art Collection that explores how art can inspire and support teaching methods as well as offering the insights of other disciplines into contemporary art practices.

Photo “Laundry”, Archival Pigment Print, Bamboo Paper, 57 x 57 cm, Edition of 10.

#WomenOnWalls, RCSI, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Feb 29 2020

Celebrating International Women’s Day, 08/03/2020.

Unveiling of a Series of Photographs, 03/03/2020.

RCSI Art Committee Commission of a Series of Portraits from The Winner of the RCSI Art Award 2018.
A collaboration between photographer Amelia Stein and 9 leading members of the Academic Staff of RCSI.
This body of work portrays Staff who have achieved the distinction of  Professor, Dean or Director at RCSI campus, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland .

These contemporary photographic portraits, undertaken in 2019, are of 9 Women. Leaders in their particular fields of expertise and excellence and are a continuation of the #WomenonWalls movement.
The Portraits constitute the drive towards redressing the Gender Balance initiated by the inaugural ” Women on Walls”,  the installation of a series of posthumous painted portraits of Women in 2018.

Each Woman photographed holds a particular chosen object which defines/ indicates their individual area of Expertise. The portraits were made in the Historic Board Room of RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, under the watchful eyes of the Women in the posthumous Painted Portraits.
Emboldening the spirit of the mantra, “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See “.

#WomenOnWalls, 2020

THE LONKA PROJECT, Inaugurated 27/01/2020, UN Headquarters, New York, USA

Jan 22 2020

The Lonka Project is a photographic tribute to the last Holocaust survivors, who have been individually photographed in numerous countries by over 250 professional photographers worldwide. It will be inaugurated on January 27, 2020 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020, the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In commemoration a multi-media screening of the project will take place in the Yad Mordechai Museum, Israel, January 27, 2020.

The Lonka Project was initiated in Jerusalem by Jim Hollander and Rina Castelnuovo as a tribute to Rina’s mother Lonka, Dr. Elenora Nass (1926-2018). As a girl, Lonka survived five Nazi concentration camps, and represents the Holocaust survivors’ power to live.

Portrait of Tomi Reichental, Dublin 2019 , Lonka Project .

22-01-2020, Guardian Newspaper, “A TERRIBLE PAST ” Photography project captures last Holocaust survivors.

27-02-2020  ZEIT ONLINE  Die Kraft der Überlebenden

Tomi Reichental, Holocaust survivor, has received many awards for his work and tireless efforts to promote tolerance and to educate young people about the importance of remembrance and reconciliation and it has made him one of the most inspirational figures in modern Ireland.