IRL (Landskrona Foto: View Ireland)
Texts by Nicholas Allen, Dr. Justin Carville, David H. Davidson, Ciaran Deeny, Eamonn Doyle, Ciara Hickey, Orla Fitzpatrick, Ángel Luis Gonzalez, Colin Graham, Anthony Haughey, Laurence McKeown, John McMahon, Anne McNeil, Fintan O’Toole, Grace Weir
The photography from other countries that is shown at the major Swedish institutions often comes form the USA or countries in Western Europe. Landskrona Foto intends to devote a summer exhibition each year to the presentation of interesting photography from countries that are rarely seen in Scandinavia. In the last two summers, Landskrona Foto has presented the photography and photographers of another country. The series started with Turkey, followed by the Czech Republic, and now in 2016 it is Ireland’s turn – not just the Republic of Ireland but the whole island, including Northern Ireland.
Photography as an art form has attained an unprecedented position in Sweden in the last decade. The number of galleries, institutions and museums exhibiting contemporary photography has never been greater. Nor have so many photobooks been published. Moreover, compared to many other forms of culture, the audience is often noticeably young.
Landskrona Foto is the umbrella name for a firm ambition to create a powerful centre for the photographic image, ranging over fields such as preservation, the history of photography, training, exhibitions and the establishment of an annual meeting place for professional photography – Landskrona Foto Festival. the aim is not to compete with the exemplary work being done elsewhere, but to provide a compliment where there are unsatisfied needs in Nordic photgraphy.
Ireland – the island on the north west edge of Europe – has had a history that is dramatic and in many ways unique. For this presentation Landskrona have chosen to highlight some themes. One of these concerns being how Irish photographers have tackled and interpreted the serious political conflicts that have affected people’s lives in the last hundred years. Another theme is about how people relate to the idyllic tourist image of “the Emerald Isle”. Encouraged by their institutional partners, Landskrona have chosen to describe the island as a cultural whole, regardless of the fact that Ireland is divided between two separate nations.
This text is divided into sections:
Another scenery / Portraits of Time / Homeland / Eyewitness
Since the start four years ago Landskrona Foto Festival has established its position as an international meeting place for photographers and those with an interest in photography. Renowned artists are exhibited alongside new, promising names and many of the pictures on display have never been shown in Sweden or Scandinavia before.