FACETS – a work-in-progress exhibition at The Digital Hub by photographer, Mandy O’Neill.
FACETS is a work-in-progress exhibition based on what has emerged from Mandy O’Neill’s responses to the people and places in The Digital Hub campus and surrounding neighbourhood in Dublin 8.
Mandy O’Neill has been the artist-in-residence at The Digital Hub since July 2018. She has been working in one of The Digital Hub’s spaces on Thomas Street, using this time to expand her thinking about themes in her wider photographic practice and to explore new approaches to how she works and presents her photographs.
This presentation is a distillation of a number of themes and approaches. Her everyday engagement with the city is represented by a series of photographic prints, a continuum of which can be viewed on the Instagram image-sharing platform for the duration of the exhibition. Colour has emerged as an important factor in Mandy’s sensory experience of this urban area, and a specific palette has been incorporated to reflect this.
Another facet of the exhibition speaks to a particular interest in young people’s experience of formal education. Working in collaboration with the 5th class boys at Francis St. CBS she has produced a series of portraits, text works and recordings. Elements of this will feature in the installation.
Modes of display and design have emerged as important factors in the consideration of how this work is presented. The site-specific nature of the residency and history of the exhibition location (with particular reference to the Digital Exchange, formally the Hopstore as the site of the 1984 and 1988 ROSC shows), have resonated with Mandy and are referenced in the work.
FACETS is a presentation of work-in-progress, based upon these emerging themes that is also part of the development of a larger exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, in September 2019.
Poet, critic and journalist, Gerard Smyth, who was born in the Liberties, will mark the opening of FACETS with a reading. He has published nine collections, including A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press 2015), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems (Dedalus Press, 2010) and The Yellow River (with artwork by Seán McSweeney and published by Solstice Arts Centre, 2017). He was the 2012 recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award from the University of St Thomas in Minnesota and is co-editor, with Pat Boran, of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song (Dedalus Press) which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2013. He is a member of Aosdána and Poetry Editor of The Irish Times.
About Mandy O’Neill.
Mandy O’Neill (1968) is an Irish Visual Artist, living and working in Dublin Ireland. She holds a Masters in Public Culture Studies from the IADT Institute of Art and Design and a BA in Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections. Most recently she has exhibited at the Center Culturel Irlandais Paris, National Gallery of Ireland, Dráiocht Blanchardstown and RHA Dublin.
Her projects have featured in a number of publications and a monograph of her Promise series was produced in 2016 as part of the PhotoIreland New Irish Works initiative. She has been a finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (2012 and 2014) and the Hennessy Portrait Prize (2014 and 2015) and has received Visual Arts and YPCE bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland. In 2018 she won the Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland, which includes a commission for the permanent portrait collection.
For the past two years she has been Artist-in-Residence at Larkin Community College, Dublin, and more recently at The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, where she is currently developing work towards an exhibition at the Gallery of Photography in 2019.