LOCAL, an exhibition by Pete Smyth, with a new publication featuring a text by artist and educator Ken Grant, will be launched at Gallery of Photography Ireland on 29 November 2019 at 6.30pm.
This retrospective exhibition features work from Pete Smyth’s extensive photography project documenting aspects of life in West Tallaght, Dublin. One of Ireland’s leading socially engaged photographers, Smyth has lived and worked in the area for over 30 years, producing in that time a uniquely intimate account of the place and its people
LOCAL brings together Smyth’s renowned portrait series ‘Traveller’ and ‘View from the Dearth’, shown here for the first time alongside his most recent work charting street and nightlife in and around Tallaght. Aware of the complexities of his dual role of observer and participant, Smyth’s close, personal engagement with his subjects is visible throughout the work. The exhibition also reflects his political concerns and experiences as a community arts worker and social activist.
Smyth’s unsentimental representation of Tallaght and its people makes visible the social and physical transformation the area has undergone from a socially deprived outlying suburb to an urban centre with a strong sense of community. Collectively the works capture bittersweet moments of private reflection and public reverie. The exhibition, curated by Gallery of Photography, premiered at RUA RED Gallery in April 2019.