Celebrating its 3rd edition in 2012, PhotoIreland Festival will explore the theme ‘Migrations: Diaspora & Cultural Identity’, showcasing some of the finest national and international contemporary photography in and around Dublin city from 1–31 July, highlighting the importance of Photography & Image Culture in Ireland.
Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity. 1-31 July
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 include Francesco Jodice, Anthony 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.
Book & Magazine Fair
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, the visitors will enjoy a selection of contemporary photography co-curated by five international photography magazines, including Camera Austria (Austria), European Photography (Germany), Fotografija (Slovenia) Kwartalnik Fotografia, (Poland), and Fotograf magazine (Czech Republic).
The fair will not only be showcasing our library of over 500 photobooks, magazines and zines for everyone to browse, 2012 will bring an added highlight with selected international publishers exhibiting their latest publications. (See the list of publishers showcased on he website).
dienacht will have an own stand during the Book & Magazine fair, I am looking forward to meeting you there!
Symposium: ‘On Migrations’
The festival Symposium investigates ‘Migrations: Diaspora and Cultural Identity’, developed in collaboration with GradCAM and 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’, directed by Trisha Ziff.
Portfolio 12, PhotoIreland’s international Portfolio Review (13-15 July) represents our commitment to the educational value of the festival, not only critically engaging the artists into an open conversation on their work, but also supporting the development of their professional network. The selection for Portfolio 12 is made after an open submission process where we particularly welcomed portfolios and photobooks associated with or around the festival theme. All submitted portfolios were pre-selected by a professional Jury: Peggy Sue Amison (Sirius Arts Centre), Nora Hauswirth, Leszek Wolnik (Fire.ie), Tanya Kiang and Trish Lambe (Gallery of Photography), Richard Mosse, Moritz Neumüller and Ángel Luis González (PhotoIreland).