Gary Byrne, a photography graduate of TU Dublin, has been shortlisted for the Inspirational Arts Photography Graduate Award.
The award is open to students graduating in photography from the Technological University Dublin, Griffith College Dublin, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, and the Limerick School of Art & Design. Entry is automatic and is based on the students’ work presented in the Graduate Exhibition of each of the participating colleges. The judge of this year’s award is Ángel Luis González Fernández, Director of PhotoIreland Foundation.
Gary's project contemplates ‘Brexit’ and its implications for the islands of Ireland and Great Britain. Focusing on ports, seascapes and spaces around the south-east coast of England and Ireland, these photographs present a man-altered landscape and the crumbling sea walls and cliffs that delineate the borders of each island. A blurring of documentary evidence and fictional narrative takes place to show an imagined future – a dark, dreary and dystopian landscape.
This work is a conceptual take on the many transformations being wrought by the separation of these islands from Europe, as the UK begins its political and legal separation from the EU. The title refers to the measurement of the shortest distance between the mainland of Europe and the English coast. You can see more of Gary's work on Instagram.
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