Ashford In-Conversation: Miriam O'Connor and Ruth Carroll

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Conversation on O'Connor's Ashford exhibition 'Tomorrow is Sunday'.

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Join us online on Zoom for this conversation with exhibiting artist and photographer Miriam O’Connor, with RHA exhibitions Curator Ruth Carroll. Miriam and Ruth will be discussing Miriam’s exhibition Tomorrow is Sunday, a project which engages with O’Connor’s return to the family farm following the death of her brother in 2013.

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Miriam O’Connor is from Cork and was educated at Technological University, Dublin and later completed a Research Masters at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin. In her practice she draws inspiration from the sights, sounds and language of everyday life. She is curious about the multifaceted roles photography occupies in culture and the manner in which this persuasive medium permeates the way we engage with the world around us. Rather than providing answers, O’Connor positions photography as a tool for posing questions, a playful medium that commands its own attention and analysis. Using photographs, text and printed matter, her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject and the complex nature of photographic representation. Following her relocation to the family farm in recent years, O’Connor now occupies a dual role of farmer and photographer, where she is interested in engaging with the elasticity of the medium throughout everyday agricultural life.

She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Visual Artists Ireland and Culture Ireland. Her work is held in public collections including, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Office of Public Works.

Ruth Carroll is a curator and exhibition organiser based in Dublin and is currently the Exhibitions Curator at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Some recent projects include exhibitions with Alan Phelan, Michael Robinson, Fiona Hackett, Miriam O’Connor and a major exhibition with Barbara Knezevic to open in July 2021. She holds a BA Int. in Italian and English, a H.Dip. in Art Administration, a H.Dip. in Management Practice and a Diploma in Project Management from the IMPA. She has a particular interest in farming practices having spent part of a sabbatical researching methods of food production in Canada and Italy.

Ashford In-Conversation is the series of conversations that happen around the RHA’s Ashford Gallery exhibition programme.

Image: from Tomorrow is Sunday, Courtesy of Miriam O'Connor

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