A new Exhibition by Kenneth O Halloran called 'Modern Ruins and other stories' will be opening on Friday 6th April at the Gallery of Photography.
Friday 18th May, 12noon: The Magic of Photography - a hands-on workshop in our gallery darkroom led by master printer Pete Smyth. Free but booking essential.
One session takes 45 minutes.
This new exhibition of by multi award-winning photographer Kenneth O’Halloran shows him at the peak of his powers. It focuses on his colour work from Ireland, and centres on a large installation of his magisterial series ‘The Handball Alley’. These now silent structures attest to the passing of time and to the changing dynamics of rural communities. Like the dolmens that John Montague offered as a metaphor for the old people of his childhood, these modern ruins are liminal structures, open-air theatres where the ghosts of a lost civilisation linger.
Ruins of another era – the madness of the Celtic Tiger property boom – are explored in a further colour series, ‘Tales from the Promised Land’. With grim humour, O’Halloran observes the excesses fuelled by cheap credit, and the desecration wrought on the landscape as a culture of greed masquerading as entrepreneurship became normalized. Elegy and loss are not the over-riding mood of the exhibition. At its emotional core, O’Halloran’s gently probing studies of his parents in his hometown of Corofin celebrate the real and lasting bonds of family and community. Centering on his father, Mícheal O’Halloran, the town’s draper and undertaker, ‘Bodies in Motion’ is a personal and loving portrait of contemporary rural life.
‘Modern Ruins and other stories’ was produced by Gallery of Photography in partnership with glór, Ennis.
Gallery of Photography is supported by The Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.
Kenneth O’Halloran was born in County Clare and is now based in Dublin. A graduate of the BA - Hons Photography IADT, Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, he also holds a Masters in Fine Art Photography from The University of Ulster, Belfast. O’Halloran's work has appeared in numerous international publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Times and The Sunday Times Magazine, stern, Le Monde, TIME, GEO, Financial Times Magazine and Cosmopolitan. His work has been recognized by Royal Hibernian Academy, American Photography , Alliance Française de Dublin, and the Taylor Wessing Graduates Portrait Prize. He is also a winner of a World Press Photo award, the The Terry O'Neill Photography Award. In 2017, he won the Syngenta Photography Award and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in the same year. He has exhibited at National Portrait Gallery , London; IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Photographers' Gallery, London; Sirius Arts Centre , Cobh; Void Derry; RHA Gallery, Dublin and National Gallery of Ireland.
Public Engagement Programme – April-May 2018
Friday April 6th:
5.30pm. Kenneth O’Halloran will give a public talk about his work, focusing on the evolution of his practice over his long and multi-faceted career.
6.30pm. Launch party
8.00pm. A special public outdoor presentation of work from ‘The Handball Alley’ and ‘Bodies in Motion’ will be screened in Meeting House Square
Thursday April 12th, 7pm:
Launch of Four Thousand Holes – a film by Jackie Nickerson based on music by John Luther Adams. Commissioned by Louth Contemporary Music Society supported by Creative Ireland Louth 2017-22. Booking essential.
Wednesday April 25th, 1pm:
Guided tour of the Exhibition, lead by curator Tanya Kiang. Free all welcome.
Wednesday 2nd May, 1pm:
Guided tour of the Exhibition lead by curator, Tanya Kiang. Free all welcome.
Friday 4th May, 9pm:
Screening of work by Tony O’Shea and Kenneth O’Halloran as part of the Bealtaine@TempleBar programme.No booking required.
Tuesday 15th May, 1pm: Kenneth O’Halloran in conversation with journalist, broadcaster and author, Alison O’Connor. Free all welcome.
Friday 18th May 12noon:
The Magic of Photography – a hands-on workshop in our gallery darkroom led by master printer Pete Smyth. Free but booking essential.
All public engagement events are free. For more information on our Public Engagement Programmes, or to find out about Courses, B/W Darkrooms, Bookshop & Artist’s Digital Studio please visit: www.galleryofphotography.ie or Tel. +353-1 6714654
Gallery of Photography is the national centre for photography in Ireland. The Gallery runs exhibitions, workshops, darkrooms and digital studio facilities and a specialist photography bookshop. Established in 1978, it is a not for profit arts organization, funded by the Arts Council Ireland , Dublin City Council and by visitor donations
The Gallery of Photography is open every day. Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday & Monday 1-6pm. Guided tours of the exhibition every Wednesday at 1pm, or by appointment. Exhibition continues until May 20 2018. Admission is free, donations welcome.