Opening: 6pm 1 June
Running 2-18 June

At The Library Project

Every month from July 2016 to July 2017, a special presentation will be hosted at The Library Project for two of the selected artists at a time. The presentation will include a display and a publication for each artist’s project.
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Roseanne Lynch
Eloquent Proof

Eloquent Proof is a play on the term ‘elegant proof’ used in a 2015 dialogue between Lynch and a research mathematician. From this Lynch saw the resemblance between how a mathematician and an artist describe their research practices, both driven by curiosity to find outcomes. The term ‘elegant proof’ describes a novel and refined resolving of an exact mathematical problem, while her play on words allows something searching, uncertain and references communication.

Lynch’s photographical architectural studies, made in early 20th century French modernist houses and the last working limestone quarry in Baux de Provence, are an exploration of her experience of space, rather than an account of the various sites. She approaches her work with the question ‘What could a photograph that I make here do?’ Whereas a mathematician looks for one true unyielding outcome, Lynch brings the viewer into a photographic enquiry of space and time, and presents a question with the photographic evidence of her bodily engagement with place.

Lynch also uses her photographical practice to bring something entirely new into existence with her photograms, images made using elements from the traditional photographic process, lenses and filters, to describe the trace that an illuminated object makes on light sensitive paper. The disassembling of the photographic process, both in her photograms and architectural studies, extends the scope of what is the photographical, and is an exploration of photography’s power as a structure of understanding.

Eloquent Proof consists of work made on large and medium format black and white film at Maison de Verre while on residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, The Camargo Foundation, Cassis where she was a Fellow and visited E.1027, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Villa Noailles, Hyères, and Carrière Sarragan, Baux de Provence and solarised photograms.

Kate Nolan

The small village of Pettigo straddles the border between Donegal and Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and the Republic. The border is marked by the River Termon flowing through the centre of town. Two bridges allow you to cross from North to South and at some points you can just step across and not even realise you have entered another country. Nolan’s expectations of what a border town would be, with heightened tension and strong divides, were invisible to her.

As I looked at the land and its people, I couldn’t tell where the real divisions lay. Following the river, I questioned the artificial construct of a border imposed upon nature. What is this physical space? A lacuna, a cavity in understanding. A landless land.

Being Irish but having grown up outside of Ireland, Nolan found a gap in her understanding of the relationship between the North and South. With LACUNA, she is investigating the realities of these divisions today on a minute level. Through the recorded stories of individuals from both sides of the border, the use of still and moving images, and an original score, Nolan endeavours to illustrate what is not easily visible.


About New Irish Works

Selected by an international panel of 23 professionals, New Irish Works brings you a selection of 20 projects and 20 photographers representing the diverse range of practices coming from Ireland. New Irish Works 2016 is a year long project of 10 presentations and 20 publications that aims to highlight the great moment Irish Photography is experiencing.

The artists selected are Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Aisling McCoy, Caitriona Dunnett, Dara McGrath, Daragh Soden, David Thomas Smith, Eanna de Freine, Emer Gillespie, Enda Bowe, Jan McCullough, Jill Quigley, Kate Nolan, Mandy O’Neill, Matthew Thompson, Miriam O’Connor, Noel Bowler, Robert McCormack, Roseanne Lynch, Shane Lynam, and Yvette Monahan.

Every month from July 2016 to July 2017, a special presentation will be hosted at The Library Project for two of the selected artists at a time. The presentation will include a display and a publication for each artist’s project. The two artists that will be presented during PhotoIreland Festival 2016 are Daragh Soden and Mandy O’Neill.

As part of the project, PhotoIreland will bring New Irish Works abroad at key events like PhotoEspaña, with the support of the Embassy of Ireland in Madrid, and to Paris during Paris Photo, with the support of the Centre Culturel Irlandais and Culture Ireland.