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Representing Ireland |photographs by tourists compiled by Michael Durand
October 21st - November 18th 2004
Representing Ireland is a dazzling installation of over two hundred photographs made by tourists/visitors to Ireland. It is the culmination of a four-year mail art project by the Irish artist, Michael Durand.
Tourists are usually the passive target of campaigns selling 'brand Ireland' but here they were given the opportunity to present the image that they felt best represents the country. The result includes the quirky, the beautiful, the boring, the grim and the glamorous. 'Bad' photographs rub shoulders with technically accomplished ones. Representing Ireland provides a refreshing alternative to the time-worn certainties of Bord Failte's creation and gently questions some of our cherished myths about ourselves.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour artist's book, which includes a selection of images from the exhibition and an essay by Colin Graham. Printed in a numbered edition of just 200, the book is available exclusively through the Gallery of Photography bookshop.
Artist Talk: Michael Durand will give a talk about his work on Wednesday, 10th November at 1.15pm. Admission is free, all are welcome.
The exhibition and publication were supported by the Arts Council and Griffith College, Dublin.
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