21 June to 25 July
Mary Furlong is a photographer living in Trim, she is interested in stories, personal living histories and local places and their hidden histories, the commonplace and the generally overlooked. She is inspired by what she finds around her, everyday objects and situations, chance remarks, snippets and stories. Mary looks for what she thinks is extraordinary in the everyday. She also likes to work collaboratively within communities.
A few years ago while living in Wexford she met a Traveller woman from the West, Mrs. Sweeney, who told her a superstition about wearing something red, a ribbon tied to your underwear, as a protection against harm.
The red ribbon story stayed with Mary and after moving back to Trim, the town she grew up in, she met Kay McCabe of the Castle Meadows Involve Youth Club. Mary talked to Kay about a project idea she had to collect more Irish Traveller traditional beliefs and superstitions and to illustrate them with photographs and Kay offered to help, the project was named The Red Ribbon.
The initial set of photographs have been exhibited widely, they were shown as part of the 2016 PhotoIreland Festival in the group show Landscape Rising at the Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin and selected for the 2016. Enniskillen Visual Arts Open
The thirteen photographs exhibited in the Toradh Gallery are a combination of the initial set and newer work made this year.
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