Festival Highlights

By 08/03/2012News

PhotoIreland Festival 2012
Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity
1-31 July 2012

Migration is not only moving from one place to another, it is also a process of losing, rebuilding, defending and examining one’s own cultural identity. The photographic medium has always been at the forefront of investigating these phenomena, producing iconic images, recording moments of change, questioning cultural identity.
With this year’s theme we want to discuss and present issues related to Diasporas and Migration, their past and present impact on identity, culture and the imagination, place and space, emotion, politics and the complexity of transnational lives today.

The main exhibition, On Migration, will feature projects such as Dinu Li’s Mother of All Journeys, Max Becher’s & Andrea Robbins’ 770, Isabelle Pateer’s series Unsettled and Jean Revillard’s Sara on the Bridge, among others. We will also present a selection of book dummies such as Francisca Lopez’ Bandi Binder project & Gergely Laszlo’s Collective Man, providing the unique opportunity to see these projects at a work-in-progress phase. Other artists on our shortlist areFrancesco JodiceLilibeth Cuenca RasmussenAnthony Luvera and Roger Eberhard.

Within the theme, we will present David Monahan’s, Leaving Dublin and Maurice Gunning’s project on the Argentine Irish Diaspora at the National Photographic Archive.

Celebrating its second year, the Book & Magazine Fair (13-15 July) will offer two main exhibitions on the theme: Irene Attinger, head of the Maison de la Photographie Européenne’s Library, one of the world’s largest collections of its kind, will bring to Dublin a curated selection of photobooks. In addition, six international photography magazines, including asCamera Austria (Graz) and European Photography (Berlin), will co-curate a selection of contemporary photography.

The festival Symposium investigates ‘Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity’, developed in collaboration with GradCAMand with the kind support of the Dublin City Council. It will take place on July 12 at the WoodQuay venue, and will be accompanied by film screenings, such as The Mexican Suitcase.

Portfolio 12, PhotoIreland’s international Portfolio Review (13-15 July) is an open submission, yet, we particularly welcome portfolios and photobooks associated with or around the festival theme. The deadline is16th March 2012.

The official exhibitions on the festival theme are complemented, as in past years, by the OPEN Programme. This wide spectrum of exhibitions, installations, performances, and projections, related to Photography & Contemporary Image Culture are shown in over 40 vibrant venues around Dublin.

Moritz Neumüller
Festival Curator