Wednesday 17 January 2018

Photography exhibition exposes the bare truth of bankruptcy in Ireland

'Mugged': A photograph from the Elements of Nature exhibition, which depicts the shell of the proposed Anglo Irish Bank HQ building in Dublin
'Mugged': A photograph from the Elements of Nature exhibition, which depicts the shell of the proposed Anglo Irish Bank HQ building in Dublin

NIAMH HORAN

A NEW exhibition purports to bare the naked truth about the harsh reality of financial bankrupcy in Ireland.

In his first solo show, renowned photographer Eamon Farrell juxtaposes the beauty of rural Ireland with the urban decay left behind by the banking crash.

Speaking about his photograph 'Mugged' which depicts a woman, stripped bare and standing defiantly in front of the half-constructed shell of Anglo Irish Bank, he told the Sunday Independent: "This woman is stripped of everything, her material possessions, her hopes, her dreams, but she's angry and she's not taking it.

"The public reaction has been cowed and it's a message to stand up and say I'm not going to put up this."

"I think we should leave the Anglo shell as is, as a reminder on the Dublin skyline never to make the same mistakes again."

In another, entitled 'Dispossessed' Farrell deals with the reality of evictions by showing a woman "cold, afraid, vulnerable, ashamed, even though it has nothing to do with her. And a lot of people are afraid to admit their circumstances to their neighbours because of that very reason – they are ashamed."

Mr Farrell is best known for his photograph of Charles Haughey's infamous handshake with businessman Ben Dunne, commonly referred to as the "Thanks a Million Big Fella" picture. The Irish courts labelled the photograph "a historical document" and it was produced as evidence in the Moriarty Tribunal.

The exhibition, entitled Elements of Nature, will launch at Dublin's Film Base on October 16 and run until October 26. Prices for framed photographs range from €500 to €1,600.

Sunday Independent

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