Eoin O Conaill: Common Place

Winner of Gallery of Photography’s Artist’s Award 2009
  September –
October 2009

O’Connell St Limerick. © Eoin O Conaill 2009

Common Place is a subtle exploration of Ireland during the recent period of cultural and economic change. The evocative stillness of O Conaill’s images, bathed in the uncertain light of early morning or late evening, reflect the visual contradictions embedded in urban and rural topography.

O Conaill’s nuanced images explore the tension between what is vanishing and what is newly emerged. The work traces the layering of the built environment as waves of construction pass over time. His portraits convey the sense of unease and uncertainty of a people and a country in flux, reflecting the tension between optimism and the reality of human existence.

Eoin O Conaill was awarded the Gallery of Photography’s Artist Award for 2009. Common Place is Eoin O Conaill’s first major solo exhibition.

About the artist: Born in 1979, Eoin O Conaill studied at Sallynoggin Senior College and completed a B.A. Hons in Documentary Photography at University of Wales, Newport in 2003. He received the Belmont Mill National Residency Award 2008. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently ev+a Limerick, 2009, at the International Festival of Photography, Lotz, Poland 2009 and at Rencontres D’Arles 2009. Eoin lives and works in Cork. A publication featuring text by Stephanie McBride will be available during the exhibition.

Eoin O Conail talk at Gallery of Photography

Eoin O Conail’s inducting talk on the exhibition “Common Place” held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2009.