In 2006, cavers made exciting archaeological discoveries in the Burren, Co. Clare. Within the findings, a poignant revelation was also made: the skeleton of a Bronze Age child. The archaeologists managed to extract DNA from the remains. They tested this DNA against that of 150 children from a local school. One boy was an exact match. This boy lives in a house less than one mile from the cave.
This story captivated Monahan and led her to question whether a landscape could hold the individual and collective stories of those that pass over it? Their histories, myths and legends are unseen and yet they are how we define our culture, its hopes, dreams, and fears. The thousand year old boy explores the Burren as an ancient landscape, one that acts as a silent witness to the lives of those who have gone before
About Yvette Monahan
Yvette is a Dublin-based Photographer who holds an MFA from the University of Ulster.
Yvette won both the Portfolio award at PhotoIreland and Slideluck Potshow in 2013 for her body of work The time of dreaming the world awake. The book dummy was nominated for the MACK first book award. Consequently, she had a solo show at The Copper House Gallery as part of PhotoIreland 2014. This work has also been exhibited in the UK, the USA, Finland and France.
Yvette also self-published The time of dreaming the world awake as a monograph, it is currently on sale worldwide. The Gallery of Photography in Dublin nominated The time of dreaming the world awake for the 2015 Prix Pictet award.
In February 2015, Yvette commenced her new project The thousand year old boy as part of the Emerging Artist Residency Award at the Burren College ofArt. Although, still a work in progress, the work was chosen for both the Remote Photo Festival and the Belfast Photo Festival last summer. Recently, Yvette was selected for the Solas Ireland Award,which was exhibited in the Gallery of Photography last December and will travel to Fotohof Salzburg in April. The thousand year old boy will also be shown as part of the Belfast Exposed Futures program in October.
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