The 10th edition of the Photo Ireland festival kicks off a 3 month series of launches culminating with the residency of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in the Printworks in Dublin Castle in July. This month Rathfarnham Castle plays host to this group show which creates a discourse between artists’ works, exploring different types of memories – national, personal, familial, landscape, gender. Benedetta Casagrande and partner Leonardo Falascone’s new project Maria di Magdala investigates creation of the myth of Saint Mary Magdalene, its implication in the sacred landscapes of South France, the fabrication of relics, and the overall journey of transformations undertaken by her identity in history. Franco-Armenian artist Lucie Khakhoutian reflects on her national, spiritual, and familial identity, questioning her current state of belonging, by exploring her family history and childhood memories.
Irish work comes from Clare Lyons whose new body of work Back Into Your Mind, confronts her past. Creating sculptural images, she attempts to uncover repressed and suppressed memories, and what’s hiding underneath the creases, to better understand how that confusion and trauma has shaped her identity. Yvette Monahan presents Beyond the ninth wave addressing trauma within the landscape, mirroring the layers of memory and pain buried deep in the Irish psyche.
Until May 31