Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition
Roscommon Arts Centre Photography Award Exhibition: Project Cleansweep
Dara McGrath - 1 June to 17 June 2017
Exhibition Preview Thursday 1 June 6pm to 9pm
Artist Talk Friday 2 June 3pm
Judged by Internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr, this award was developed by curator Linda Shevlin. The aim being to provide a photographer with the opportunity to produce a body of work for exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre as part of Photo Ireland Festival & Belfast Exposed Futures Gallery as part of Belfast Photo Festival. The artist is also being supported by The Gallery of Photography through the provision of 30 hours free access to their Digital Studio for pre/production.
The body of work McGrath will show is entitled Project Cleansweep. It is a project that surveys the landscape of chemical and biological weapons in the British Isles and its continuing legacy, interrogating deliberate state and military encroachment into and appropriation (often secretive) of the landscape, essentially a massive ‘land grab’. This bucolic landscape today holds layers of narratives that the security apparatus of the state would prefer not to tell. It is another representation of the impact of state and commercial interests on a rural setting, often causing long term problems of pollution and abandonment.
Dara McGrath is a photographic artist based in Cork City Ireland. His photo works look at transitional spaces, in-between places where architecture, landscape and the built environment intersect, where a dialogue – of absence rather than presence – is created. Recent exhibitions include Espace Lhomond Paris Photo, New Irish Works, PhotoHof Salzburg, Gallery of Photography Dublin, Photo Biennale Thessalonika, Centre Des Beaux Arts Brussels, Voies-Off Arles, Venice Biennale of Architecture, a Solas Award and was recently nominated for the Prize Pictet 2016.