PhotoIreland Festival 2020

PhotoIreland Festival 2020


08/07/2020 - 19/07/2020    


4 Temple Bar Street, Dublin

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Featuring: Acacia Johnson • Anna Ehrenstein • Becks Butler • Charlotta María Hauksdóttir • Ciril Jazbec • Conor McGarrigle • Eva Kreuger • Francesca Catastini • Garry Loughlin • Geraldine Juárez • Gregg Segal • Hashem Shakeri • Hiro Tanaka • Mario Santamaría • Mark McGuinness • Robin Michals • Ryota Kajita • Sam Conlon • Teresa Eng • Theo Ellison • Turjoy Chowdhury • Vera Ryklova • Yvette Monahan

The 11th edition of PhotoIreland Festival, entitled ON/OFF, combines a programme of online and offline activities and exhibitions, free for all audiences.

The festival team has remained optimistic and creative throughout the last months, adapting to the continuously changing circumstances and focusing on the opportunities presented by the rapid shift to online experiences – a sort of global digital exodus.

This year’s programme highlights the work of two organisations that have collaborated to deliver an effective and refreshing series of online streams called Screen Walks: a sort of studio visit crossed at times with live performance, looking at artists and researchers using the screen as their medium. We invite you to join Digital Curators Jon Uriarte (The Photographers’ Gallery) and Marco de Mutiis (Fotomuseum Winterthur) for a Screen Walk around Irish artist Conor McGarrigle’s practice.

In this digital realm, and with digital corporations being presently and by far the biggest collectors of images – at times with dubious philanthropic aims – we look at some of the issues that arise with the reuse of such imagery in virtual scenarios.

As part of a collaboration between PhotoIreland and Fotomuseum Winterthur, the artists Geraldine Juárez and Mario Santamaría have been invited to critically look at the hidden power dynamics behind the Google Arts & Culture Project, as well as the perpetuation and reinforcement of western capitalist and colonial gazes which continue to shape knowledge formation. The two contributions addressing The Googlified Image are presented within SITUATIONS, an experimental curatorial programme devised by Fotomuseum to engage the flexibility of the image and its currency with a decisive and quick-reacting format beyond the physical space.

In the rush to digital, we may have forgotten a great medium that has returned once and again to claim its importance: print publishing. In this way, we present further content from the festival offline, within the pages of OVER journal, a new publication by PhotoIreland.

Inside OVER, you will find a feature with the three artists selected from this year’s open call: Francesca CatastiniHiro Tanaka, and Theo Ellison. Discover works by the Irish FUTURES Artists 2020 Becks ButlerGarry LoughlinMark McGuinnessSam Conlon, and Vera Ryklova. The journal presents three FUTURES artists from previous editions; it features a new body of work by Teresa Eng, and a review of Eva Kreuger and Yvette Monahan’s practice, as Amelie Rose, current Project Coordinator of FOAM, reflects on their similarities and influences.

Finally, the Tokyo International Photography Competition brings to Ireland a diversity of practices to enjoy on the gallery walls of The Library Project in Temple Bar: Hashem Shakeri, Gregg Segal, Turjoy Chowdhury, Acacia Johnson, Ciril Jazbec, Charlotta María Hauksdóttir, Ryota Kajita, and Robin Michals.

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