This body of work was made over a short period of time spent in rural Wexford, Ireland, “in a place so overwhelmingly familiar to me, it was as though I was walking through memories of my own childhood”.
Acutely aware that she had never actually been to this place before, Ruth Connolly tried to make sense of an uncanny feeling that what she was seeing was not really her own home, by photographing the place as she experienced it. Playing with the unreliable relationship between what lay in front of her, and what she knew to be true, the images have been gathered together here in a sort of false bank of memories.
The work was made during her time at How to Flatten a Mountain, an artist residency at Cow House Studios in Wexford as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2017.
About the Artist:
Ruth Connolly is a commercial photographer, living and working in Dublin. She holds a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design, and an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martins, London. Her first book, ‘If you lived here, you’d be home by now’ was published in 2017 by The Velvet Cell. Her work primarily explores the balance and tension between people and place. Commercially, she works with design studios and small businesses, helping to create a tone and feel for a brand through photography. She’s also a photography lecturer at Dublin Institute of Design.
About the Publisher:
PhotoIreland Foundation is a volunteer led organisation dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around Photography in Ireland, and to promoting internationally the work of artists in and from Ireland. PhotoIreland is committed to the cultivation of a deeper and critical understanding of Photography. In 2010, PhotoIreland launched Ireland’s first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: PhotoIreland Festival. It celebrated Ireland’s first Book & Magazine Fair in 2011, dedicated to Photography, which was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened in 2013.