Seen Fifteen is delighted to be taking part in a weekend celebration of photography organised by the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris during Paris Photo 2017.
We will be taking over CCI’s neighbouring three level gallery space, Espace Lhomond, with a triptych of shows by three emerging Irish artists – Ciarán Óg Arnold, Megan Doherty and Martin Seeds. The work of all three artists is rooted in the towns and cities where they grew up, and presented together they offer a fresh perspective on contemporary Ireland from within.
Ciarán Óg Arnold photographed the effects of the post-2008 recession on his home town of Ballinasloe in County Galway. Shot at night, his images chart a nightmarish journey down foreboding corridors and alleyways into a surreal state of oblivion. His subjects – friends and acquaintances – found themselves left in a town that was quickly fading from glory. As businesses closed and shops got boarded up, there was nothing left to do but to hang around in half empty clubs and bars searching for some sort of solace amongst friends and lovers. In 2015, Arnold brought a selection of these images together into a book, titled:- I went to the worst of bars hoping to get killed but all I could do was to get drunk again, which won the Mack First Book Award that year. In Paris he will show images from the book, alongside newer works that continue to present small-town Ireland in a surreal and eerie light.