This exhibition marks the culmination of Irish artist Mark Currans
long-term documentary portrait of contemporary Ireland. It comprises two
series, prospect and site. In site Curran focusses on the new
landscape of motorways and by-passes capturing both the majesty and the
uncertainty of Irelands rapid development. The exhibition provides a
timely opportunity for reflection on a pivotal period in Irelands history.
Alongside his landscapes, Curran presents portraits of construction workers
which dramatically convey the dignity of manual labour at a time when it is
set to become a thing of the past. These images intersect with works from
the prospect series, which concentrates on the Brave New World of the
IFSC, Irelands financial district.
Brought together under the multi-layered title, Southern Cross, the works
combine both aesthetic and documentary impulses in a new mapping of social
geography. The images are precise, lucid, factual. They are also deeply -
and strangely - beautiful.
A full-colour publication titled Southern Cross accompanies the exhibition.
It includes an essay by Justin Carville, lecturer in Historical and
Theoretical Studies in Photography and poem by the writer and poet, Philip
The exhibition will be opened by Frank McDonald on Weds March 6th at 6.30pm.
Mark Curran will Talk about his work on Weds March 13th at 1.15pm. All
welcome, admission is free.
About the artist: Mark Curran received a Diploma in Photography from Dún
Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology in 2001. He was awarded the
Gallery of Photography Development Bursary in 2000 and subsequently
shortlisted for the first AIB Prize. His work is included in private
collections in Ireland and Europe. He is represented by Büro für Fotos,
south of the city