Wednesday, June 20, 2012

'Took Strength To Tackle Those Hills' Photography exhibition

5th Jul 2012 (Thu) - 17th Jul 2012 (Tue) from 10:00 - 21:00
Tristan Hutchinson

Took Strength To Tackle Those Hills, 2010-2012, is a photographic portrait of a community and a landscape experiencing particular economic and social transition.

Cork Harbour's dramatic topography of steep Victorian hinterland, lush greenbelt woods and forests sits side by side with the generating stations, oil refinery and the grey geometries of multinational corporations hidden behind gently undulating hills and the waning of its curved harbour. The relics of heavy industry past lie abandoned on its shores, the landscape irrevocably transformed, leaving behind the imprint of economic and political endeavours. This suggests an uneasy and complex alliance between politics, economy and nature.

'Took Strength To Tackle Those Hills' Photography exhibitionThe project aims to look at how and why ambiguous choices take prevalence and can be made at the detriment of its natural surroundings and human well-being. The photographs present portraits of its people; explorations of the landscape and vistas offer a glimpse into the idea of community within the larger context of contemporary Ireland.

This work scrutinizes the paradoxes and contradictions arising from a myriad of personal histories, and the realities facing many Cobh residents as they strive to move forward and maintain identity in uncertain times.

The work is due to premiere at this years PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin, July 5th - 17th at Filmbase, Curved St, Temple Bar.

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