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General News / July 2, 2020

The 11th edition of PhotoIreland’s festival ‘ON/OFF’ is heading online

General News / July 2, 2020

The 11th edition of PhotoIreland’s festival ‘ON/OFF’ is heading online

Combining a programme of online and offline activities and exhibitions the festival has quickly adapted to changing circumstances.

Uncertain times require adaptation and for the 11th edition of PhotoIreland’s festival they’re bringing a new programme of different activities and exhibitions.

‘ON/OFF’ will showcase online streams called Screen Walks. They are a studio visit of sorts combined with live performance from artists and researchers that use the screen as their medium of choice. Jon Uriarte of The Photographer’s Gallery and Marco de Mutiis of Fotomuseum Winterthur are the digital curators of the Screen Walk and you can join them to around Irish artist Conor McGarrigle’s practice.

Conor McGarrigle, The bitTorrent Trilogy_01

Geraldine Juárez and Mario Santamaría are joining forces  as part of a collaboration between PhotoIreland and Fotomuseum Winterthur to look critically at the power dynamics behind the Google Arts & Culture Project and how western capitalist views have largely co-opted how knowledge is disseminated.

These two contributions are presented within ‘SITUATIONS’, the experimental curatorial programme devised by Fotomuseum.

The offline content of the festival will come in the form of print publishing, within the pages of OVER journal – a new publication by PhotoIreland. OVER will contain a feature with Francesca Catastini, Hiro Tanaka, and Theo Ellison – the three artists from this year’s open call. Discover works by the Irish FUTURES Artists 2020 Becks Butler, Garry Loughlin, Mark McGuinness, Shia Conlon, and Vera Ryklova. The journal presents three FUTURES artists from previous editions; it features a new body of work by Teresa Eng, and a review of Eva Kreuger and Yvette Monahan’s practice, as Amelie Rose, current Project Coordinator of FOAM, reflects on their similarities and influences.

Lastly, the Tokyo International Photography Competition brings to Ireland a diversity of practices to enjoy on the gallery walls of The Library Project in Temple Bar: Hashem Shakeri, Gregg Segal, Turjoy Chowdhury, Acacia Johnson, Ciril Jazbec, Charlotta María Hauksdóttir, Ryota Kajita, and Robin Michals.

Hashem Shakeri, An Elegy for the Death of Hamun_01

The festival launches at 18.00 on Wednesday 8 July for an introduction to the programme that is subsequently followed by a performance from Albanian Berlin-based artist Anna Ehrenstein ‘On Decolonising Lens-based Practices’.

Click here to read more about the festival.

All online events are free and will be open to bookings online. 

Photography: (Descending order) Conor McGarrigle, Hashem Shakeri.