The title of this group exhibition is taken from the Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers’s song ‘It’s A Long Way To Paradise (From Here)’, which deals with the daily grind of living in an economically deprived urban environment – a broken city. The song’s title set the tone for this exhibition, which sets out to reflect the current frustrations resulting from the recent economic collapse and political upheavals, as interpreted through the urban environment and its inhabitants.
This exhibition will show the work of 10 engaging photographers from Ireland and around the world, whose work explores the contradictory nature of living in a modern city; combining a sense of anxiety and hope, of inertia and freedom, and of dreams and reality.
About the curator
SuperMassiveBlackHole is Ireland’s leading international online photography magazine. It is available to download for free as a PDF in both screen and print resolution. Born in 2009, SuperMassiveBlackHole is dedicated to the photographic imagery resulting from the time-based processes found in many interdisciplinary art practices today. The magazine and its exhibitions are edited, published and curated by Barry W Hughes.
Opening: 10am15 July
Dates: 15-31 July
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About the photographers
Mark Curran (Ireland/Germany)
Lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He is a PhD candidate through the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP), DIT and an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Photography programme at IADT-DL in Dublin. He has exhibited widely including Gallery of Photography, Ireland (2002); Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France (2008); China International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (2008) and as part of the programme of Fotofestiwal 2009 in Lodz, PolandMuseum of Art, DePaul University, USA (2010).
David Blackmore (Ireland/UK)
Lives and works in London. He works part time as a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts, and has also guest lectured at a number of institutions including the University of Westminster (London) and the Institute for art, design and technology (Dublin). He was recently invited to make a new body of work, entitled ‘Self help’, for the Schwartz Gallery’s Project space, UK. In 2009 David had his third solo show at the Central European House of photography in Bratislava. Blackmore has been involved in a number of group shows in India, Slovakia and the UK.
Yaniv Waissa (Israel)
Lives and works in Jerusalem. He has been published widely, and recently guest edited Unless You Will online photography magazine (2010, Australia). He has exhibited as a solo artist in The Jerusalem House of Quality, Jerusalem (2007); The Artists’ House, Jerusalem (2008); O3one Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia (2008) and recently ‘Er Miklat (Push da’Pins #2)’, Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv (2010). He has shown work in group exhibitions in Italy, Netherlands, Belguim and USA.
Dan Shipsides (UK/Northern Ireland)
Lives and works in Belfast. Former co-director at Catalyst Arts, Belfast and is a lecturer and researcher at the School of Art & Design at the University of Ulster in Belfast. Awards include ACNI Major Artist Award (2004), Nissan Art award IMMA, Dublin (2000), Perspective award, OBG, Belfast (1998). He has exhibited solo and group exhibitions/projects throughout Ireland, UK and internationally including at the South London Gallery; Wings Project Art Space, Switzerland; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. He has also exhibited in Australia, China, Latvia, Sweden, Turkey, Canada, Netherlands, Italy and France.
Diarmait Grogan (Ireland)
Lives and works in Dublin. Graduated with a BA in photography from IADT Dun Laoghaire in 2008. Diarmait’s work has been shown in both Ireland and the UK. Recent exhibitions include his solo show at Severed Head Gallery, Dublin (2011), and group shows at Block T, PhotoIreland Festival 2011, Pavlov’s Dog, Berlin (2011), Format09 International Photography Festival, UK (2009), Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin (2008).
Paul Corcoran (Ireland/Germany)
Lives and works in Cork and Berlin. He is a recent graduate of the Documentary Photography program at the University of Wales, Newport. He has exhibited in Ireland, UK and Germany including Host Gallery, London; Lighthouse Gallery, Nottingham; The Apartment, Berlin and Royal West Academy, Bristol.
Virginie Rebetez (Switzerland/Netherlands)
Lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Gerrit Reitveld Academy, Amsterdam in 2008. Recent exhibitions include FotoBook Festival, Kassel, Germany (2010); MCBA, Luasanne, Switzerland (2010); Hasselt, Belguim (2009); Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, Netherlands (2008).
Stephen Gunning (Ireland)
Lives and works in Dublin. He has had a number of solo shows including Mothers Tankstation, Dublin (2010); The Lab, Dublin (2007); Cotext Gallery, Derry (2005) and Goethe Institute, Dublin (2004). Group exhibitions include Festival Audiovisuel de Paris (2010); Tulca, Galway (2009/2005); Recontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin (2007/2005); International Montreal Biannale, Canada (2006); EV+A, Limerick (2001/1996). He is an Artist in Residence at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2011).
Sarah Sudhoff (USA)
Lives and works in Texas. In 2008 Sudhoff was chosen for Photolucida’s 2008 Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers award. She won honorable mention, in 2010, at the Daylight and Center for Documentry Studies as well as En Foco’s New Art Award. Also in 2010 Sudhoff became the first artist-in-residence at the Kinsey Institute for research in sex, gender and reproduction. She holds an MFA in photography from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City as well as a Bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Sudhoff is co-founder and on the Board of Trustees for the Austin Center for Photography in Austin, Texas. Currently Sudhoff is on faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Trinity University.
Angel Darby & Robert Peters (Northern Ireland)
Darby and Peters live and work in Belfast. Angela Darby and Robert Peters have been working collaboratively for a number of years, exhibiting together in Ireland, China and America. Recently they were a warded the EV+A Belltable Arts Award in Limerick for their work ’Public Address…’ Both artists are co-directors of Fully Formed Projects and ex-directors of Catalyst Arts, Belfast. Peters is currently the Director of Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor.