Welcome to PhotoIreland Festival 2014 Celebrating its 5th edition in 2014, PhotoIreland Festival proposes a fun and informative look at how photography is used for storytelling, often merging personal or political interests with objective approaches. The theme this year is ‘Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies’, and brings to Dublin an excellent selection of artists for you to investigate and enjoy. Before going further into what is on the programme for this year, let me take account of and share with you the achievements and activities of PhotoIreland since the last edition, and how we arrived to this catalogue, now in your hands.
In September 2013, an invite for a month long residency at the gallery space of Black Church
Print Studios in Temple Bar, turned into what was to be the most exciting and significant venture for PhotoIreland since the beginning of the Festival. We are now proud and busy residents at The Library Project, offering to the public our ever expanding resource of photobooks, magazines, and fanzines that we have been acquiring since 2011 as well as starting up an art bookshop and very active gallery space.
With the support of Culture Ireland, we were also fortunate enough in this time to offer
substantial representation of Irish photobooks at the UNSEEN Book Fair in Amsterdam, extending the international exposure of some of our most talented and active photographers. Last year’s main festival exhibition ‘New Irish Works’ showcased the works of 25 artists from and based in Ireland with 7 exhibitions in Dublin, Cork and Limerick and the publication that illustrated the exhibition has travelled to all corners of the world, reaching public and private collections, libraries and bookshops in all continents. The project New Irish Works made it clear that there is a very active set of practitioners in the island, worth paying attention to, worth supporting, and well received here and abroad.
Our special presentation of New Irish Works at düo Gallery, Paris, which coincided with
the most important month in the Photography calendar, that of Paris Photo, again highlighted Irish photographic talent in an international arena. It is imperative that Ireland enjoys a steady and organised presence at such international get-togethers and we aim to continue and develop these opportunities in the coming months.
Back in Dublin, our programme of exhibitions has included Olena Bulygina and Natalia
Pokrovskya, Barry W Hughes, Eamonn Doyle, Maciej Pestka and Jim Ricks, amongst others. Right after Paris Photo, we invited Sebastian Haus, book manager at LE BAL Paris to host ‘Après Paris’: an informative event conceived for those who couldn’t make it to the festival., Events like ‘Après Paris’ are key for practitioners and audiences to keep up with new international developments. We also took the opportunity to organise a series of private meetings between local photographers and Sebastian, where he learnt about their practice and gave valuable feedback.
Alongside these exhibitions and events we have enjoyed launches, visits by students, curators
and the generally curious, and have had fruitful collaborations with Making Space, Offset, St. Patrick’s
PhotoIreland Festival 2014 catalogue Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies