Following the untimely death of O’ Connor’s brother due to a short illness in 2013, she returned home to live and work the family farm with her mother and sister. Tomorrow is Sunday is an ongoing body of work which engages with this unanticipated homecoming and reflects an attempt to comprehend our new life and circumstances. Reflecting fragments from daily life and routine, engaging with absence and loss, the camera is used to register boundaries of a familiar yet uncharted terrain, lingering and scanning over what is already known and what remains concealed.
The next phase of the project will consider the farm from an anthropological perspective shifting the focus to various elements that inform the working logistics of the farm. A series of unconventional farm manuals or inventories will be produced which focus on fields, animals, buildings, farm tasks and tools. In shifting the emphasis away from a documentary approach which has informed the project’s work to date, there’s a sense that this approach or treatment has failed in some ways to truly grapple with the immensity of what has transpired.
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