New Work by Paul Seawright opens at Highlanes Gallery on Sunday 27 September 2009 at 3.00pm
The exhibition Opening takes the form of a gallery talk where Paul Seawright will discuss the exhibition and his practice in conversation with Megan Johnston, exhibition curator.
The exhibition continues until October 28
Internationally acclaimed photographer Paul Seawright has produced a new body of new work based on the conflicted accounts of histories, events and language within Northern Ireland. Seawright has revisited, for the first time in 12 years, the theme of Northern Ireland as a subject for his work to produce a poignant and stunning exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Megan Johnston, Arts Director, Millennium Court Arts Centre who Highlanes Gallery have collaborated with on the exhibition and a forthcoming accompanying publication.
The exhibition theme:
‘The conflicted terrain of the Irish past is occupied by two powerful grand narratives, one loyalist and protestant, the other nationalist and catholic. These furnish different and mutually antagonistic ways of telling the story of Ireland: two competing constructions of the same history…There is no pure form of these two stories, which exist only in the range of their tellings and re-tellings, with numerous variations and difference of emphasis and nuance, across a variety of modes and media of representation…’ Graham Dawson – Making Peace with the Past – Memory Trauma and the Irish Troubles. MUP 2007
Known best for his alternative visual analysis of locations and subjects dominated by mainstream media, Seawright examines in a series of new photographic works, the disparate and often conflicting narratives of Northern Irish history. Working in school classrooms and housing estates representing both traditions, he has recovered visual fragments and texts, which function as metaphors for the layering of narrative, the writing and re-writing of history, and the conflicting rhetoric of two traditions. Like much of Seawright’s early work from Northern Ireland ‘Conflicting Account’ adopts a quasi forensic method of image making. Justin Carville has pointed out that photographs of everyday objects in the context of the north, rescue histories and narratives that have become swamped and obscured by ‘traditional and totalising images of nationalist and unionist identity.’ In much of Seawright’s work the wider narratives of political situations are visually obscured, resonating instead through fragments and objects retrieved by the camera. In these new works everyday items, blackboards, houses, walls, bridges and shops continue to form a vocabulary of separateness and contradiction.
Saturday 17 October at 1.00pm: Lecture
On the occasion of Paul Seawright’s exhibition Conflicting Account - artist Kate Byrne will conduct an overview of contemporary photography in an illustrated lecture entitled Space Without People. The lecture will explore the idea of empty interiors and social spaces that capture the 'psychology of architecture'. This talk will cover the work of Paul Seawright and artists dealing with both institutions and territories devoid of human presence.
Booking advised, 3e, concessions apply
Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5.00pm Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.00-5.00pm
Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland www.highlanes.ie