Following a family bereavement in 2013, O’ Connor returned home to live and work on the family farm. Tomorrow is Sunday is an on-going photographic project which engages with this unanticipated homecoming. Over the last number of years she has struggled to understand this transition through the medium of photography, using the camera and other practices of reading, writing, collecting and reflecting in a quasi-therapeutic manner to document fragments from daily life and experiences. This approach to understanding and acceptance often raised more questions than it provided answers.
O’ Connor also draws on farming diaries, notes and exchanges as a means of exploring the past and at the same time opening up new perspectives on present circumstances. These traces of everyday life have acted as the catalyst for the production of a series of logbooks which catalogue various activities characteristic of her new life. Through detailing daily farming tasks and domestic duties, compiling inventories and anecdotes, this approach of logging and indexing reflects an effort to regain some semblance of order and a means by which past and present might begin to align or reconcile in some way.
About Miriam O’Connor
Irish artist, Miriam O’Connor lives and works in Cork. In her practice she draws inspiration from the language, sights and sounds of the everyday and is concerned with the subtleties of looking and seeing, the relationship between camera and viewer, and the special ambiguity of still images. She holds a BA in Photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and completed a Research Masters at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Her work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and she has exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally.
PogoBooks, Berlin and Galleri Image, Denmark published her first photo book Attention Seekers in 2012. The project was featured in Camera Austria, exhibited in New Irish Works 2013, at ‘Photo Collect’, Copenhagen and selected for Greetings from Ireland in 2014. She received the Alliance Française Photography Award, for her project The Misbehaving Camera, which included a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in 2014. She has had solo shows at Galleri Image, Denmark, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast, and in ‘THERE THERE’, Cork, curated by Stag and Deer. She was a nominee for the Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Photography Awards and produced her second photobook, The Legacy Project, an arts commission by The National Women’s Council of Ireland in 2013. In conjunction with Galleri Image, Denmark, she has recently produced new work for FRESH EYES -International artists rethink Aarhus, which will be exhibited during Aarhus Capital of Culture, 2017
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