PhotoIreland Festival 2021: Milky Way

PhotoIreland Festival 2021: Milky Way


01/07/2021 - 04/07/2021    
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Dublin

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Running 1- 4 July
Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex St. East, Temple Bar, D02 RD45, Dublin
Opening Hours 
Mon-Sun 11am-5pm
Admissions free, booking required via Project Arts Centre

This double-commission by PhotoIreland Festival invites Finnish artist Hertta Kiiski to present a new body of work called Milky Way to respond to the theme of this year’s festival of food and consumption politics. The installation will be launched during opening week at Project Arts Centre, later moving to Rathfarnham Castle to join the main group exhibition. Irish artist Róisín White was invited to respond to Hertta’s work by creating a work that would aid the engagement of younger audiences towards this installation and the themes within.

Milky Way is a shrine and a playground that explores co-existence between us and other life forms. Milky Way addresses the topic of animals treated as milk-producing machines. The human urge to achieve domination over other species crystallises in the act of long-distance transport of unweaned calves. Despite its heart-breaking starting point, the work deals with love and hope for a better future. The installation and performance evoke questions around topics of empathy, ethics and companionship between human beings and other species. The work is aimed at all but particularly at young audiences, achieved through the young protagonists, colours, haptic materials, elements of play and thought-provoking content.

Exhibition Guide: Young Milky Way Explorers

In response to Hertta Kiiski’s Milky Way installation, Dublin based visual artist Róisín White will create an exhibition guide aimed at our younger visitors to investigate and navigate the artwork. These guides will encourage young people (and their families) to take a closer look at the exhibition, to consider the materials used (yes! you can touch this exhibit!), the themes and questions the work poses, and suggest ways that you can make your own artistic response when you get home.

Find out more about the PhotoIreland Festival 2021 programme at

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