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Darren Campion in Conversation with Gerry Blake: dlr LexIcon Gallery

Darren Campion in Conversation with Gerry Blake: dlr LexIcon Gallery

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Join artist Gerry Blake and writer Darren Campion discussing the ideas and photographic approaches that led to the development of Home Place

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Join artist Gerry Blake and writer Darren Campion in this online talk as they discuss the ideas and photographic approaches that led to the development of Blake's current exhibition at dlr Lexicon Gallery.

About Gerry Blake’s Home Place

Home, in the form of a dwelling, is a place of belonging and attachment. Making a home, however, is more difficult now than at any time in recent memory. Despite the dire need for adequate accommodation there isa huge number of empty and abandoned houses to be seen in towns and cities throughout Ireland, and those who do manage to make themselves a home often have to overcome major obstacles.

Photographic artist Gerry Blake has spent the last 3 years exploring empty and abandoned houses around Ireland. On these journeys, he also met with people who are living in various forms of accommodation, from cottages and apartments to house boats and converted buses. The stories these people have to tell inform the project. They highlight the gulf between the needs and aspirations of people and the reality of a housing environment dominated by the market economy.

More information about Home Place available here

About Darren Campion

Darren Campion is a critic interested in contemporary photographic practices, particularly around visual narrative, and the photobook. He has written extensively about photography for international publications and websites, including FOAM, Paper Journal, YET magazine, Photomonitor, and the Irish Arts Review. He has also contributed essays and texts to several artist's monographs, including Thomas Albdorf, General View (Skinnerboox, 2017) and Aapo Huhta’s Omatandangole, (Kehrer Verlag, 2019). He published two collections of his writing on photography in 2016 and 2018. A major new text charting key aspects in the development of contemporary Irish photographic practices was commissioned for In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland, 1839 to the Present (forthcoming). In addition to writing, he currently works at Gallery of Photography Ireland where he contributes to the exhibition and engagement programmes.

About Gerry Blake

Born in Dublin, Gerry Blake is a photographic artist and tutor based in Co. Wicklow. He studied photography at NCAD, Dublin, and completed a master's in photography at Ulster University, Belfast. Before taking up the study and practice of photography he had a career in computing.

His work is mainly concerned with the individual in their environment, and in his practice, he explores how we are shaped through the environmental situations in which we find ourselves. He was the winner of the Emerging Photographic Artist award at the 185th annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy, 2015 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland in the same year.

Gerry has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work is held in public, private and corporate collections.

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