New Irish Landscapes
Work by Anthony Haughey, David Farrell, Varvara Shavrova and Patrick Hogann • Curated by Tanya Kiang, Gallery of Photography
New Irish Landscapes presents the insights of a new generation of Irish artists in a specially curated exhibition at Beijing’s prestigious Three Shadows Gallery. This important show encompasses economic, political, rural and metropolitan perspectives on contemporary Ireland. Taken together, the work on display builds a powerful portrait of the complex forces shaping Irish society today.
A Public Talk about the work in New Irish Landscapes will take place on Saturday March 16th at 1.30pm. Speakers include artists Anthony Haughey, Patrick Hogan and Varvara Shavrova and curator Tanya Kiang. The Talk is followed at 2.30pm by the official opening of the exhibition. Admission to these special events is free. All are welcome. Directions to the Three Shadows Gallery are available on www.threeshadows.cn here
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About the work:
Anthony Haughey explores how the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy has impacted on the landscape. Through Haughey’s lens, the ‘ghost estates’ are recast as eerie ‘monuments’. With clear relevance in the Chinese context, the work is a testament to the end of Ireland’s gold rush and the resulting cost of unregulated growth.
David Farrell takes on a political reading of the landscape. Over a period of more than a decade, Farrell has recorded the sites of searches for the bodies of those ‘disappeared’ by the Republican movement during the conflict in Northern Ireland. Re-visiting these remote areas Farrell records how nature has begun to subsume all traces of the searches that have taken place there.
Patrick Hogan’s partly autobiographical project presents an intimate view of his everyday encounters and surroundings in rural County Tipperary. His compelling, psychologically charged images convey a sense of uncertain anticipation. Though modest and focused in geographical scope, Hogan’s powerful work explores expansive existential themes of love, fragility, decay and loss.
Varvara Shavrova adopts the visual language of today’s mobile, urban population to explore the recently twinned cities of Dublin and Beijing. Her ongoing project, Windows on Two Cities contrasts the public life of the street and the private worlds glimpsed through windows. Celebrating the dynamism and diversity of metropolitan life, Shavrova’s work is a human scaled response to the globalisation of the urban experience.
New Irish Landscapes is supported by: Culture Ireland, The Irish Embassy in Beijing, Dublin City Council, The Arts Council and the Gallery of Photography. Special thanks to Jillian Schultz, Ciaran Walsh, Declan Hayden and Emma Leonard.