Drum: Portrait of a Village, Drum village, County Monaghan

  February 2018

Drum: Portrait of a Village

January 2017 – May 2018

Drum: Portrait of a Village community based engagement programme was developed by Gallery of Photography Ireland in partnership with the people of Drum, Drum Development Association and Monaghan County Creative Ireland programme. Over the past year, the people of Drum have engaged with artists, curators and heritage specialists to record, create and share authentic representations of Drum past and present.

The work of the project was presented over a weekend on the 17th and 18th of November 2017.

 – The village of Drum became a ‘Pop Up’ art centre. The disused pup was repaired, cleaned and reopened as a projection installation site to show the Krass Clement Drum series in the pub where it was made.

 – The now closed Post Office and shop were opened to become a temporary tea shop.

 – The Protestant Hall was converted into an art space for the installation of works from the Kevin Fox commission and for a programme of talks and workshops. 

Background: In 1991 Danish photographer Krass Clement made a seminal body of work in Drum village while staying at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan. His series Drum is concerned with reflecting interior states of mind than with documenting ‘real’ life situations. Preparing to show this seminal masterpiece work for the first time Ireland presented an opportunity to consider the difference between this subjective expressive body of work and other forms of photographic representation.

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The Krass Clement; The Light Gleams an Instant exhibition was launched by Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Culture , Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Wednesday 15 November. It was accompanied by an outdoor projection of the new Drum commission by Kevin Fox and work from the Photo Album of Ireland community engagement programme.

Contemporary Artist’s Commission

Photographer Kevin Fox worked with the people of the village of Drum, County Monaghan to create a unique contemporary portrait of the village. A series of dialogues and workshop highlighted the community’s concerns around stereotypical representations of Drum as Ireland’s protestant’ village. The commission sought to go beyond surface representations to reveal a more nuanced portrayal of the village and its’ and it’s people. A sustained process of engagement and dialogue with local people and community leaders informed the development of the work. A series of filmed interviews with local people give voice to the strong sense of history and community pride in Drum. Many of the interviewees also give voice to concerns about the challenges facing communities across rural Ireland today. This new contemporary record of the village  includes filmed sequences (including aerial photography and filming), landscape and portrait photography in and around Drum focusing on the village and wider hinterland.

Photo album engagement programme

The people of Drum were invited to contribute to the Photo Album of Ireland project and create a new archive on the village of Drum. This element will look at the history of Drum from the perspective of local people. This will involve scanning of family photographs and research into family histories. Scanning sessions and workshops took place in Stewart’s former shop during Heritage week and individually in people homes.