Sunday 22 October 2017

President Higgins launches stunning 'Portrait of a Century' exhibition

Pictured:President Michael D Higgins touring the exhibition with his wife Sabina and Kim Haughton who photographed the subjects for the exhibition and book. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Pictured:President Michael D Higgins touring the exhibition with his wife Sabina and Kim Haughton who photographed the subjects for the exhibition and book. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Pictured: President Michael D Higgins at the launch of Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Pictured: President Michael D Higgins with Museum Board Chair Catherine Heaney at the launch of Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Pic: Paul Sherwood

Sasha Brady

Irish photographer Kim Haughton has created a stunning collection of portraits that captures Ireland's identity, nationhood and ethnicity over the past 100 years.

Between 2015 and 2016, 100 people were invited to participate in Portrait of a Century, each born in a different year, beginning with T. K Whitaker (b. 1916) and ending in 2015.

Pictured: President Michael D Higgins at the launch of Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Pictured: President Michael D Higgins at the launch of Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Pic: Paul Sherwood

The participants included writers, leaders, thinkers, musicians, sporting heroes and artists, including Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga, author Colm Toibin, boxer Michael Conlon, Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, 2fm presenter Nicky Byrne and Chief Justice of Ireland Susan Gageby Denham.

The entire collection is available to view through a major exhibition in the National Museum, Collins Barracks.

Ruth Negga in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century.
Ruth Negga was born in Ethiopia to Irish-Ethiopian parents. She grew up in Limerick and studied Drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College. She moved to London and appeared regularly in theatre, films and TV productions. She won her an IFTA (Irish Film and Television) award in 2012 for her portrayal of Shirley Bassey in Shirley and in 2017, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Loving.
Ruth Negga in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Ruth Negga was born in Ethiopia to Irish-Ethiopian parents. She grew up in Limerick and studied Drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College. She moved to London and appeared regularly in theatre, films and TV productions. She won her an IFTA (Irish Film and Television) award in 2012 for her portrayal of Shirley Bassey in Shirley and in 2017, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Loving.
Panti Bliss in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Panti Bliss is a drag queen and the alter ego of Rory O’Neill. A bar owner and gay rights campaigner, he rose to International prominence following an impassioned plea for equality for and acceptance of the LGBT community during a speech at the Abbey Theatre. This followed a national incident which became known as Pantigate. HIV positive since 1995, his life story and his campaign for marriage equality was chronicled in the feature documentary The Queen of Ireland.
Michael Conlon in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Michael Conlan is a professional boxer. Born in Belfast, he won his first novice championship aged 11. He won a flyweight Bronze Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and won Gold in the bantamweight division at the Commonwealth Games. He became European and World Amateur Bantamweight Champion a year later and turned professional following a controversial decision during the 2016 Summer Olympic games when he lost in the quarter-finals on points.
Colm Toibin in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Colm Toibin is an author and critic. Born in Wexford, he trained as a seminarian before turning to writing. He worked as a journalist in Dublin where he became editor of Magill Magazine. He has written eight novels and two short story collections. He has been nominated for the Booker prize three times and is a two-time winner of the Costa book award.
Eunice Adeleye in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Eunice Adeleye was born in Dublin and lives with her family in Lusk. Her parents are from Nigeria. Her favourite subject is maths.
Charlie O’Connor in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Charlie O’Connor was born in Dublin. His first word was ‘hiya’. He thinks of nice things before bed so that he has sweet dreams.  His favorite things are the lawnmower, the garden hose and a blue lighter. He is the grandson of the 8th President of Ireland.
Maryiam Ahsan in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Maryiam Ahsan was born in Drogheda. She moved to Dublin where she goes to secondary school. Her favourite subjects are home economics and science. When she leaves school, she wants to study medicine and become a doctor like her dad. She loves debating and playing tennis and doesn’t like rain.
Seán Óg Ó hAilpín in Kim Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is a GAA player and banker. Born on Rotuma Island, he spent his early years in Fiji and Australia before moving to Ireland. In 1988, he joined Na Piarsiagh GAA club. He was on the Cork senior hurling team that won the all-Ireland final in 1999 and again in 2004, when he captioned the team and delivered an impassioned victory speech in fluent Irish. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cork in 2011.
John Boorman in Kin Haughton's Portrait of a Century. John Boorman is a film director and author. He has won 5 Academy Award nominations including for the cult classic film Deliverance and was awarded Best Director twice at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last and The General, based on a notorious Irish crime boss. His 1981 film Excalibur, filmed in Ireland using local actors, launched the careers of many leaders in the Irish filmmaking industry. His first novel Crime of Passion, was released in 2016.
J. P. Donleavy in Kin Haughton's Portrait of a Century. J. P. Donleavy is an Irish-American novelist and playwright. Born in New York, he served in the U.S. Navy before moving to Ireland to study at Trinity College. His debut novel, The Ginger Man, was influenced by his experiences in Dublin’s post-war bohemian literary scene and was banned in Ireland and the United States. He has written eleven novels, two novellas, five nonfiction books, four plays and an autobiography and has lived in Ireland since 1969.
Susan Gageby Denham in Kin Haughton's Portrait of a Century. Susan Gageby Denham is the Chief Justice of Ireland. She was called to the bar in 1971 and became a Senior Counsel in 1987. She was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the highest judicial position in the country in 2011. She is the first woman to be serve in the role. A proponent of judicial reform, she was instrumental in creating the Courts Service of Ireland, to manage the operations of the courts and modernize the judiciary.

It was launched by President Higgins on Wednesday and will be on show until December 31.

The images can also be seen in Kim's book Portrait of a Century: 100 Faces in 100 Years.

Kim, a photographic artist based between Dublin and New York, has had her images showcased in publications worldwide including the Sunday Times Magazine, FT Magazine and Vanity Fair.

She was named by TIME magazine as one of the top nine Irish photographers to watch.

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