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Inspirational Arts Award 2017

By 22/08/2017December 13th, 2018News

Opening: 6pm 5 October
Running: 5-21 October

At The Library Project

You are cordially invited to the opening of the eighth annual Inspirational Arts Photography Award. This year, the exhibition takes place at The Library Project 5-21 October 2017, launching at 6pm on 5th October.

Inspirational Arts, a fine art printing studio, had two goals in mind when it established the Award in 2009. They wanted to give something back to the photography students who have supported them over the years with their custom. In particular, Inspirational Arts wanted to encourage new graduates of photography as they take the first steps of their career after college; by providing a showcase for their photography outside of the college context and an entry on their CV.

This Award is open to students graduating in photography at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Griffith College Dublin (GCD), the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) School of Art and Design. Entry is automatic and is based on the students’ work presented in the Graduate Exhibition of each of the participating colleges. The judge of this year’s award is Ángel Luis González, founder and director of the PhotoIreland Foundation.

The finalists of 2017’s Inspirational Arts Photography Award are: Catarina Leone from DIT (Chrysalis), Julie Smyth from GCD (Inis), Cristina Gismondi from IADT (Reasons), and Gabrielle Drimalovski from LIT (Scopaesthesia). read more about their work below.

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Cristina Gismondi, Reasons

There is dark matter within the world, which eerily creeps through the environment. Humanity believes it to be visually imperceptible, in other words; an invisible mystery. Those who believe this, are unaware of the darkness lurking. This neglectfully allows it to consume them. The mysterious energy must not be avoided or questioned, it must be solely acknowledged and observed. It is a transitory action which we can apply to gain redemption over the darkness.
Cristina Gismondi Photography

Gabrielle Drimalovski, Scopaesthesia

Drimalovski’s studio practice explores the anxiety of the gaze expressed through body language. Through moving image, several aspects of voyeurism and surveillance are addressed. The work conveys various gestures and movements of the body to portray anxiety. It aims to show the discomfort felt under scrutiny of a stranger in a public place, the judgmental stare of an authority figure, or simply an innocent look that is interpreted as malicious. Bright colours are juxtaposed with a sombre theme, the movements slow and deliberate, somewhat unsettling. The work is based on French psychoanalysts Jacques Lacan’s theory of ‘the gaze’, and three of his identi ed aspects of it: the oral drive (the erogenous zones are the lips, the partial object the breast) the scopic drive (the eyes and the gaze) and the invocatory drive (the ears and the voice). The video uses these three aspects as a basis and concept, and expresses each of them through a combination of visual and aural elements.
Gabrielle Drimalovski

Catarina Leone, Chrysalis

Family photographs may serve to show us the past, but what do we do with them? How do we use them? Who do we show them to? It seems that the Family Album is more about today than it is about yesterday. It is an object of performance it discloses traces of our most presentable moments, traces of our previous lives that are available for display, to be shown and shared, to be talked about. Focusing on the domestic in relation to patriarchal capitalism offers an opportunity to understand the family album. Women’s control over this object permission used as a tool for meaning making – one in which women express agency, claim their voice and declare the complexity of humanity with respect to patriarchy.

Julie SmythInis

Inis Oírr the smallest of the Aran Islands is located in the mouth of Galway Bay. It is the place where Smyth’s grandmother was born, and where she spent her childhood summer holidays. Smyth documented her personal experience and history with the landscape and the passage and movement of time. The islanders have used their environment to create objects for everyday living. This ingenuity has inspired the artist to create her own objects into shapes that she associates with the island. Smyth was drawn to the everyday mundane things on the island and this became her inspiration.