Faces of Ireland Exhibition
Venue: Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2
Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 is to host a major exhibition of photographic portraits.
The FACES OF IRELAND exhibition features images of people from Ireland’s 32 counties photographed by artist Kevin Abosch over the past two years. Abosch, an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist whose work has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers, has photographed 250 people for his Dublin Airport exhibition.
“These 250 different faces represent the citizenry of the island of Ireland,” according to Abosch. “Some of the faces you’ll recognise immediately, some of them might appear a little bit familiar, while others you won’t know at all.”
About half of the faces in the exhibition will be in some way familiar, as Abosch has photographed a selection of politicians, actors, entertainers and sports stars as part of the FACES OF IRELAND project. Famous faces include actors Gabriel Byrne and Pierce Brosnan, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, President Mary McAleese, singer Sinéad O’Connor, golfers Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, and Graeme McDowell, Kerry footballer Colm Cooper, Ireland rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll and RTE presenters Miriam O’Callaghan, and Ryan Tubridy. None of the photographs in the FACES OF IRELAND project have been exhibited in public previously.
Each photograph is 44 inches square and they will be exhibited without captions. “The images show everyone as equals,” said Abosch. ”It’s not about the heroes or the villains among us; it’s about humans.”
Abosch steered away from pandering to classic stereotypes of Irish people. His subjects were chosen partly at random and partly to reflect modern Ireland in all its facets. “Each face, each citizen, contributes to the fabric of Irish society. This naturally includes immigrants. There are rich and poor, as well as octogenarians and babies among the faces, but I didn’t adhere to a socio-political or scientific methodology in choosing my subjects. This is art for the sake of art. FACES OF IRELAND is the citizenry of Ireland manifested as art.”
When the project was almost complete, Abosch approached the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to discuss potentially exhibiting FACES OF IRELAND at Dublin Airport. “I wanted to show the work in a large public space and the airport provides the perfect platform,” according to Abosch. “T2 is a spectacular work of architecture, has fantastic natural light throughout and the juxtaposition of 250 huge portraits with a transient audience entering and leaving the country every day really excites me. I can’t think of a better space in which to show them to the public, both Irish and international.”
The Faces of Ireland exhibition is running throughout the airside (beyond security) areas of Terminal 2 from October 2011 for 12 months. A soft copy exhibition catalogue and a hard cover coffee table book of the work will also be available with proceeds going to DAA’s Charity of the Year, which for 2011 is 3Ts Turning the Tide of Suicide.