My current and upcoming work with CoisCéim Dance Theatre will wing its way to Chicago later this year, to be exhibited as part of (Re)Public. The images have and continue to assist in shaping 38 Women.
The initial images 'took shape' after several shoot ideas until we landed on tightly cropped portraits, with performers creating a shape from something that shaped their lives. The notions of 'testimony' and 'witness' play no small part in 38 Women and it was felt that this initial imagery was very apt. Further shoots, as the project develops choreographically, will take place over the coming weeks and months. It's a really interesting, collaborative project and one in which I am very proud to be a part. Coming in at the start of a project like this has been great and to be a somewhat intrinsic part, rather than a documentary bystander, is rewarding as a photographer.
(Re)Public is a group exhibition showcasing the work of seven leading socially-engaged Irish artists in conversation with Chicago-based practitioners in the same field, including Philippa Donnellan (CoisCéim).
Re(Public) is co-organised with CREATE, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme to mark the 1916 Easter Rising.
At this significant time of commemoration and self-reflection in Ireland, these artist’s practices engage in profound ways with different publics in exploring pressing social, political and environmental issues current in 21st century Ireland.