Group 8 member Úna Spain is exhibiting in Dublin at the Gallery of Photography as part of the group show Uncertain State until Sunday 11th August. Úna's work records poignant traces from St Brigid’s de-commisioned Victorian institution for the mentally ill in Ballinasloe.
From the gallery's site:
Uncertain State looks at how photographic
artists are representing this period of austerity and uncertainty in
Ireland. Their work addresses important issues at the heart of where we
are now: contested and hidden histories, effects of the global financial
crisis and the radically altered social and physical landscapes. The
ten artists in Uncertain State go beyond surface readings to
reflect the emerging concerns in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland: the
treatment of asylum seekers; institutional abuse; sexual abuse;
emigration; the legacy of the property crash; identity; disadvantage
& marginalisation; and the legacy of conflict.
The exhibition is presented as part of the Temple Bar Photography Summer School.
The issues raised by the exhibition will be reflected in the 2 days of
summer school talks. 28th -30th June 2013.