LOCAL photographer John Lalor will from this week be exhibiting as part of the Photo Ireland festival taking place in Dublin. John’s exhibition opens on Friday, July 6 at 6:30am in The Darc Space Gallery, 26, North Great Georges St, Dublin 1 and everyone is welcome to come along.
The project is entitled ‘Signed Out’ and runs in conjunction with Photo Ireland’s theme this year which is Migrations, Diaspora and Cultural Diversity. John had been taking photographs for the last two years in abandoned psychiatric hospitals around Ireland. He said of the work: “The images capture a feeling of isolation that is created simply by entering these buildings and spaces. A familiar feeling to anyone who may have entered many years ago when institutionalized. There is nobody here now, an ever engaging absence but an overpowering presence behind each door.
John added that people have migrated, moved away from this place but their activity and energy is imprisoned. “The images aim to capture this, composing scenes of desertion that looked different 50 years ago but may have felt commonplace to the patient or habitual observer. There are things that people may not ever feel if they were not photographed and this is what ‘Signed Out’ as a project aims to capture”.
PhotoIreland is a Dublin based organization dedicated to stimulate dialogue around photography in Ireland. In 2010, they developed Ireland’s first international festival of Photography and Image Culture: The PhotoIreland Festival. According to the group photography has played an important role in Irish culture. Ireland has a strong photographic tradition and enjoys international recognition thanks to its past and contemporary practitioners.
PhotoIreland is committed to the cultivation of a deeper understanding and a critical interest around photographic knowledge. It runs for the month of July in numerous galleries around Dublin City. For the month, solo exhibitions, group shows, a library project and workshops are held around the subject of Photography in Dublin City.
It helps to raise awareness on the photographic language, to contribute to the exploration of new ways of seeing, and to underline its crucial importance in today’s visual world. It brings national and international art photographers and their work to Irish audiences through exhibitions, talks, discussions, lectures, guided tours, and workshops.
It can engage local communities towards an everlasting relationship with the Arts, and to promote in these new ways of self-expression and self-representation and can establish an Internationally recognized event that contributes to the recovery and growth of the Irish tourism industry.
For the past few months John has been working on different projects from The Skylight Studio based outside Portlaoise, Signed Out being one. Another such project ‘At the Turn of a Century’ was recently awarded funding by Laois Partnership and is looking to be published in the coming year. John is also working in conjunction with Youth Work Ireland and Laois Partnership as a tutor for youth workshops throughout the county at the moment.
For more information visit www.johnlalorphotography.ie or contact 086 8953208.