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Artist of the Month June 2018 - Ailbhe Greaney

Friday 1st June 2018 at 10am

Nam, Paris (From Street flower series) by Ailbhe Greaney Image: Nam, Paris (From Street flower series) by Ailbhe Greaney

Ailbhe Greaney is a Photographer and a Lecturer in Photography. Born in Galway, Ailbhe graduated from Dublin City University with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Communication Studies, and in 2000 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and Related Media at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, New York, graduating with distinction in 2003.

Since 2007, Ailbhe has been a Lecturer in Photography at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art, occupying positions of Course Director of the MFA Photography Degree course, and that of the UU Fulbright Ireland Ambassador.

Ailbhe’s photographic practice centres around themes of migration and the definition of home in an expanding field of new technology. It endeavours to picture individuals who have left something of their sense of self behind. In this way the materiality / immateriality and malleability of photographs is explored, as well as the significance of repetition, gesture and performance.

The work ‘Street flower’ was created as part of a Residency at the Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris, and depicts a young generation of Vietnamese women living in Paris now, as well as the daughters of women who travelled to Europe by boat in the 1970’s. Here they wear jackets within Parisian landscapes that they previously wore in Vietnam to protect their skin from the sun. The jackets are multi-coloured, with floral patterns. They are not traditional, nor do they reference the past. Rather, they are part of a contemporary culture, referencing a momentum that is forward facing. Moving en masse through the streets of Hanoi and Saigon, women wearing these jackets appear like a moving garden.

Nam, Paris (From the Street flower series) is included in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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