Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Blues Singer Puts it up to Us




About a year ago my brother Ian played me a track he was working on, he had recorded the piece with Dublin Blues Legend Ditch Cassidy.  Ians last outing with Ditch spawned the rough and tumble 'We Built This House' A track about the financial collapse of 2007/8 which was used for the titles in Donald Taylor Blacks' excellent Feature film  Doc 'Skin in the Game' Which also featured musical contributions from Christy Moore and Barry Mc Cormack
I knew when I heard it it was some thing very special.
Around summertime we set about making a video for it, Earlier in the year I had an idea about a mysterious man in a white suit which I though might work for this presentation.
The Idea to build a sense of intrigue through sound and vision is played out  in this video,
For me it works so well, who is he, how does he relate to the singer, how does he relate to the allusions of the song and where will he take us.
Any how Ian has chosen now to release this song on youtube, and because of its spiritual nature this is probably the ideal time for this release. In order for it to succeed and raise the profile of this fantastic singer to the national level he deserves this project needs your shares.
Please go to the youtube page direct from this link and follow the links to embed  and share the work in your social networking feeds.

I will keep you all posted on where the work takes us.
Loads of love to you all,
David

Monday, 22 April 2019

CROSSING THE STREET # 2

I was delighted last week to meet with Lucky Khambule  a man who now lives in the town of Arklow, co Wicklow. Lucky was1.5 years in ‘direct provision’ before been given’ leave to remain’ in Ireland by the department of Justice. Lucky is a very striking presence who carries himself with dignity, respect for all and concern for those who remain in the unfortunate and unnecessary regime that limits their potential by means denying basic human rights.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

CROSSING THE STREET


In an effort to add to the discourse around Direct Provision, to increase international awareness of its existence and in some small way to help bring an end to its madness, I will be adding my voice to those already active by starting a new series of photographs. Photographs of survivors of Direct Provision.
 Those who have passed through the system and come out the other end.

Friday, 24 February 2017

LET'S TALK II


All is proceding well at the National Photographic Archive, the exhibition is being enjoyed by a large diverse audience, some viewing it in a series of glances and others spending time with it, looking, watching, listening, hearing, communicating. The series of events around the exhibition have all gone well and I will report on all here at a later date.



For the moment I wanted to draw your attention to the last two events in the schedule announced in the last post, both at The National Library, Kildare Street.

Wednesday March 1st at 19.00. -  Beyond Home: new spaces for migrant belonging

                                                       Speaker - Professor Mary Gilmartin


                                                 Admission is free and no booking is needed


                                      Friday March 3rd 10.45 till 16.00 -  Picturing Migration.

  A conference which looks at representation of migrations in photography and the media
Admission is free  - To book click here



Here is what the library events page has to say about the upcoming event,

Professor Mary Gilmartin, from Maynooth University for this exploration of the issues around migration.

This lecture is one of a series taking place as part of the programme around the Beyond Leaving exhibition at the library’s National Photographic archive in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

What does belonging mean?

Seeking to belong is a common human desire. But what does belonging mean when you are a migrant, living away from familiar places and people? In this talk, Professor Gilmartin will consider the ways in which migrants create new spaces of belonging and will use examples from the experiences of immigrants living in Ireland and Irish emigrants living in other countries to show how migrants seek to belong – whether this is through local communities or transnational citizenship – as well as the difficulties they encounter.


 Fridays event is the final move of my suite of presentations on and around this subject and it seeks to locate the discourse around recent Irish migration in context with recent global trends in migration.


It features five speakers who will each make a presentation on their work and a number of panel discussions around the topic of the day.

Speakers include Melanie Friend, photographer/artist and educator, Sarah Maria Griffin, author and project collaborator, Rory O'Neill, artist/researcher, Ciara Kenny, curator and editor of Irish Abroad/Generation Emigration (Irish Times) and Vukasin Nedelikovic artist/resercher (Asylum Archive). It will be hosted by David Monahan, Dr Justin Carville and Dr Mark Curran and will take place in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street.


This is a free event but booking is essential,  to book click here

Thursday, 5 January 2017

LETS TALK!

The show publication is available free at the venue



  I am delighted to announce that Beyond Leaving continues at the Gallery of the National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square until March 26th 2017.

Having been party to a two year research programme there is one message I took away from the experience. That is, that a major point of engagement with visual culture is to bring work to action by creating a dialogue around the areas of concern that have been identified by that research process.

After six weeks at exhibition we start the new year with an exciting programme of panels, presentations and discussions on various subjects in and around the theme of migration. These events have been organised in conjunction with the National Library of Ireland's Education Department,  IADT Dun Laoghaire, History Ireland and First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival. They will run over the remaining weeks of the exhibition finishing with a day long conference at the National Library, Kildare Street, entitled Picturing Migration. (March 3rd 2017)

The first of the events happens on Wednesday the 11th of January at 19.00 under the umbrella of the First Fortnight Festival 2017 and takes place at the venue Temple Bar.

As a young boy I had the realisation that my own mother was seriously effected by the loss of her entire family through emigration and this played a large part in the sadness and melancholic aura that I sensed from her as a  child. This realisations is probably at the heart of my desire to humanise the experience of the current, now seemingly parked statistic of recent  Irish net emigration. I am so delighted to be a part of a discussion about migration and mental health and look forward to audience participation with the panel including myself, Steve Cummins (journalist), Sarah Griffin (author and project participant), Mari-Claire McAlleer (National Youth Council researcher and advocate) and Brian O'Neill (multiple time emigrant and project participant).

Tickets for this free event can be booked at their website - just click this link   https://firstfortnight.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873567669  this event is taking place next Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 19.00


Keep an eye out for the next update here where I will give details of all other events in the upcoming schedule.









Saturday, 10 December 2016

BEYOND LEAVING IV





On Monday November the 14th Beyond Leaving came to life as an installation at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin. As an exhibition it will remain open seven days a week until March 26, 2017.The show represents the culmination of 6 years work, with this particular component being the result of  a two year research process as part of the masters by research programme at IADT Dun Laoghaire.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

BEYOND LEAVING iii




 Beyond Leaving will be at exhibition in the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin,
from November to early March 2017. It is the biggest Irish platform to date for my work. The installation will feature some 25 new large scale photographic works, video, and artifact generated over the  period of net emigration from 2009 to 2016. Thanks to all who pledged support to the  Fund: it , campaign, although it is now finished you can see the details here click here to have a look



On the 24th of August 2016 the Central Statistics Office of Ireland ( CSO )made a very important announcement. It was this. To the year ending in April 2016 there was a return to net inward migration for Ireland for the first time since 2009.
The tone of this announcement is reflected in the global Irish Newsletter from the office of the Junior Minister with responsibility for the Diaspora in which the headline events are the Fleadh Cheoil, The Rose of Tralee, and the All Ireland Hurling and Camogie finals. Granted there is articles about the Irish Australian Support and Resource Bureau, Melbourne, Australia, and the upcoming United Nations Migration Conference, but the emphasis here is on the other and not the self.  And although the issues around Irish migration have proven to be thorny over the years, the discussion about world migration is far bigger than any conversation we could have about the current Irish experience. So this months newsletter amounts to one thing, deflection.
Although there is still the small mater  of the 76,200 people who left here in that year there was in fact the small number of 3,100 more people entering the country than those who have left.
This signals the end of a cycle.
We can now quantify the movements of this period. In fact the CSO has done this for us and I suppose having things  tied up neatly with a bow is what the we as consumers of the media and presented fact demand! I will only present one figure from the chart below and the rest can be extracted by your own gaze. The light blue of the period of net emigration adds up to half a million people.



Looking beneath the surface of the Irish experiences at this point is  an essential part of building an understanding of  of this period of net emigration. Following on from my personal project On Leaving, I have been working on a further research project with some of the recently departed and some of those who have chosen to return home. The work has been conducted as part of  IADT Dun Laoghaire practice led research project and I am grateful for the guidance and counsel of both Dr. Mark Curran and  Dr. Justin Carville as I move towards exhibition of these work.
The video clip above is a short extract of some conversations had with some of my collaborators.
 Thank you for reading this post and I would be delighted to receive your comments and of course your support  for the fundit campaign at http://fundit.ie/project/beyond-leaving