Miriam O’Connor

In the works of Irish photographer Miriam O’Connor, everyday impressions are frequently transformed into artistic expressions through her special talent for observing and sensing beauty in happenstance.
Exhibition duration:
17-11-2019 - 17-11-2019
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Miriam O’Connor
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In the works of Irish photographer Miriam O’Connor, everyday impressions are frequently transformed into artistic expressions through her special talent for observing and sensing beauty in random occurrence.  In her work for FRESH EYES O’Connor reflects on what it means to cast a ‘fresh eye’ on a city which has been photographed innumerable times by tourists and city dwellers alike. She is curious about what might happen if through the course and direction of looking, by shifting the focus in another direction, something new might be revealed. During her time in Aarhus, O’ Connor adopted the position of a typical tourist, visiting the city’s hot spots seeking out something new in what is already known. During her ‘tourist trails’, steering off track, embracing chance encounters and looking the other way all informed her unique approach in reimagining the city.  In presenting this new work, O’Connor is also interested in engaging with the materials and tools which helped her navigate the city, such as tourist maps, written notes and handouts or oral directions received from those she met along the way.

BIO
Irish photographer, Miriam O’Connor lives and works in Cork. She holds a BA in photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and completed a Research Masters at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Drawing inspiration from the language, sights and sounds of the everyday, O’ Connor’s practice frequently engages with matters which reflect her everyday surroundings, as well as her day-to-day experiences of being a photographer. Her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject; the circulation and consumption of images and the complex nature of photographic representation. She often employs wit and humour in her practice as tools to communicate her photographic inquiries.

Her work has been exhibited and distributed extensively, with features in magazines and publications including Camera Austria, Source Photographic Review, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Recent solo shows include Sternview Gallery, Cork, Galleri Image, Denmark, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast and during ‘THERE THERE’ festival, Cork curated by Stag & Deer. In 2012, she received the Alliance Française Photography Award, which included a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. She was the recipient of the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award [EIARA] in 2015 which included a month-long residency at Burren College of Art, Co. Clare. She has produced two photobooks, Attention Seekers (2012) published by PogoBooks, Berlin and Galleri Image, Denmark. Her second photobook, The Legacy Project, an arts commission with The National Women’s Council of Ireland was published in 2013. She was one of the selected artists for Greetings from Ireland (2015) and New Irish Works I & II (2013, 2016). In conjunction with Galleri Image, Denmark, she is currently producing new work for FRESH EYES - International artists rethink Aarhus, which will be exhibited during Aarhus Capital of Culture, 2017.

For more information see www.miriamoconnor.com