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Launch of 'In, Around & Aftereffects'

Roscommon Arts Centre
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Roscommon Arts Centre presents
In, Around & Aftereffects

As part of PhotoIreland Festival 2018

Exhibition tour by Martin Cregg, Ciaran Og Arnold & Mark Duffy at 6pm on the opening night

Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present In, Around & Aftereffects by Ciaran Og Arnold, Martin Cregg and Mark Duffy as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2018.

This exhibition explores the social, cultural and psychological landscapes of the Irish Midlands. The exhibition brings together work in three different photographic languages emerging from the region. Ciaran Og Arnold’s series ‘I went to the worst of bars’ sees beyond the familiar in his hometown of Ballinasloe. In psychologically charged landscapes and street scenes, this market town is tenderly evoked as an exotic location, a soulful place of despair as well as hope. Martin Cregg’s ‘Midlands’ has over ten years focused on the question of what the Midlands is as an undetermined geographical entity, under constant construction and re-definition. Mark Duffy’s ‘Vote 1’ documents and examines the culture of election advertising in Ireland. The series focuses on the accidental, and often gruesome, disfigurements the electoral candidates' faces suffer - an unintended consequence of their posters' erection.

Each body of work reveals the Character of the Irish Midlands from a perspective of three artists of the same generation and who are from the Region itself.

The next publication in the series of texts by writer in residence, Joanne Laws, will also be launched on the opening night.

Exhibition continues until June 1st.

To coincide with this exhibition and Bealtaine Festival, photographer Martin Cregg is leading a photography workshop with an intergenerational group from the Syrian community in Ballaghaderreen exploring portraiture and place. This project is supported by Roscommon LEADER Partnership / SICAP, Roscommon County Council Social Inclusion Department & Roscommon County Council Arts Office.