About PhotoIreland Festival 2018
In 2018, we are celebrating our 9th edition and we’re thrilled to bring to Dublin for the first time Internationally acclaimed work and new projects from contemporary Irish artists, workshops, Critical Academy seminars, launches, and talks!
This year, the festival presents the works of two photographers working on the subject of women’s rights, at a time when Ireland will vote in a referendum about issues concerning access to legal abortion. Launching the festival on 3rd May, at The Copper House Gallery, Laia Abril’s comprehensive work On Abortion, looks at the history and repercussions for women in the absence of safe and legal abortions – the first chapter of an extensive project A History of Misogyny. Alongside, Irish artist Sarah Cullen presents her work You Shall Have Exactly What You Want, exploring the experiences of pregnant women in Ireland who are faced with crisis pregnancies. In the lead up to the launch, The Politics of the Long Haul: Photography, Pro-Choice Artistic Practices and the Archive will be held in the Harry Clark Lecture Theatre of the National College of Art & Design, between 3-5pm, discussing the visual politics of the Pro-Choice movement, focussed on the work of three photographers: Laia Abril, Emma Campbell and Sarah Cullen.
Later in the month, we launch Moyross Study at The Library Project, by Irish photographer Jamin Keogh. Presented for the first time, Moyross Study is a sociological exploration of Moyross housing estate in Limerick. The project challenges the many stereotypes that surround the Moyross development by highlighting how despite the troubled history and the drastic topographical adjustments, a community still persists, and in some respects, even thrives.
The recently launched Critical Academy joins the festival for the first time, bringing a great selection of short seminars around key aspects of contemporary arts practice, aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets. From practical teachings, to cultivating critical mindsets, to discussions and contemplations on the current state of photography, the Critical Academy is held in participatory environments with clear and focused aims, facilitated by local and International professionals of the industry.
The festival residency How to Flatten a Mountain continues into its third year. Presented by PhotoIreland Foundation and Cow House Studios, the aim of this residency is for participating artists to explore possibilities outside their core practice, work collaboratively and produce a cohesive exhibition of work to be presented at the unique venue of Rathfarnham Castle.
The festival is divided in three sections: Main Exhibitions, the shows produced and curated by PhotoIreland Festival; Featured Exhibitions, selected relevant exhibitions that are produced and curated by other organisations; and the Open Programme, all the fringe exhibitions presented by individuals and organisations that add with their spontaneity to the festival flair.
Other events programmed will include the launch of Junior magazine’s third issue, entitled The Empathy Issue, and the launch of Daragh Soden’s latest publication Toulon. Fotobookfestival Kassel makes Dublin its first stop this year, so don’t miss the latest Photobooks from International photographers at The Library Project.