A fantastic artist talk with Miriam O’Connor where she talks about her love of photography and “putting the camera to work”. Miriam shows us images of her work and talks about her experience over the years and the many projects, artists, curators and organisations she has worked with. Miriam also talks about rural living and being a farmer. How this informs her practice as an artist and how photography brings a tool of critical engagement to everyday life in an agricultural context.

 

Miriam O’Connor – Bio

Miriam O’Connor is from Cork and was educated at Technological University, Dublin and later completed a Research Masters at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin (2011). In her practice she draws inspiration from the sights, sounds and language of everyday life. She is curious about the multifaceted roles photography occupies in culture and the manner in which this persuasive medium permeates the way we engage with the world around us. Rather than providing answers, O’Connor positions photography as a tool for posing questions, a playful medium that commands its own attention and analysis. Using photographs, text and printed matter, her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject and the complex nature of photographic representation. Following her relocation to the family farm in recent years, O’Connor now occupies a dual role of farmer and photographer, where she is interested in engaging with the elasticity of the medium throughout everyday agricultural life.

In recent times O’ Connor was awarded the Visual Artists Ireland, Experiment! Award (2020) and her long-term body of work, ‘Tomorrow is Sunday’ was published in conjunction with A Woman’s Work by Gallery of Photography Ireland (2020). A solo show of this work will take place at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in July, 2021. In addition to her art practice, and farming, O’Connor also lectures part-time at Griffith College Dublin. Her work is part of FUTURES, a photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe, and A Woman’s Work, a project that uses photography and digital media to challenge the dominant view of gender and industry in Europe. She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Visual Artists Ireland and Culture Ireland. Her work is held in public collections including, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Office of Public Works.

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Recorded on 13 July 2021.

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