The paradox of utopia, as good-place but also no-place was the starting point for McCoy’s project The Radiant City. The utopia is an ideal creation of the mind yet it can’t be separated from the real place that inspires it. Our projections of utopia enhance our experience of place, allowing us to give meaning to the world by believing it differently. The Radiant City explores the idea of utopia through one of the icons of modernism -Le Corbusiers Unite d’Habition in Marseille. Designed in 1952, the building was conceived as prototype postwar housing for the city of the future. The photographs in the series were made at the Unité over 60 years later, in the autumn of 2014 and address the role of both architecture and photography in constructing the ideal.
This project was made with the co-operation with the Fondation Le Corbusier, all images ©Aisling McCoy and ©FLC 2015
About Aisling McCoy
McCoy is a Dublin based photographer recently graduated with distinction from the MFA Photography programme at the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University. Having practiced architecture since graduating from University College Dublin in 2007, she has been working primarily with photography since 2012. The conflict between the discipline of architecture as an intellectual ideal, created through images, and its translation into built form has always interested McCoy and this question of the real and ideal forms the basis of her practice.
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.
Find out more: newirishworks.com