The Lie of the Land
Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.
Inaugural Exhibition/Touring Exhibition
12 October - 14 November 1995
Slide (Detail), silver gelatin print, toners, dyes, inks, bleach and gouache, 67cms x 111cms, 1995 © Victor Sloan
The Lie of the land presents the work of six Irish photographers: John Duncan, Anthony Haughey, Padraig Murphy, Mick O'Kelly, Paul Seawright and Victor Sloan.
The clichéd representation of Ireland, fostered for decades by native advertising and tourism were only too easily accepted as a comforting representation of reality. However the social and political upheavals of the last number of years demand a new visual grammar. Such clichés are now seen to be inadequate in Ireland today. This is our point of departure.
All of the work reflects the complexity of living in Ireland today. The artists carry with them the cultural baggage which assists and enriches their image making. Essentially we see the work in this exhibition as not being overtly Irish, far removed as it is from traditional visual notions of Irishness.
This exhibition has been curated with Ute Eskildsen of Folkwang Museum Essen, Germany.
The exhibition will be touring Ireland, England, France and U.S.A. The large scale of this exhibition derives from our desire to make a major impact both nationally and internationally, in our new custom-built space. This will be the first group Irish exhibition to tour internationally since Out of the Shadows. Centre de la Photographie in Paris is showing the work in April/May 1996.
Gallery Talk: Wednesday 8 November at 3.00pm. Liam Kelly, author of ‘Art in Northern Ireland’ in conversation with artist Victor Sloan.
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