Melburnians will remember David Monahan’s moving photographic exhibition, On Leaving, at the Immigration Museum, based on the compelling photos of emigrants about to leave Ireland as the Global Financial Crisis began to bite.
Many of you may have bought the handsome book, with its many stories as well
as fine reproductions of the original photographic studies. This book, On Leaving, went on to win the 2015 printing industry award for the best printed book in Ireland.
Now David Monahan moves towards the final chapter in his work which helps to tell the story of Irish people during this time. It is timely as the Central Statistics Office only last month declared the period of net emigration to be over.
Beyond Leaving is a new series and the title of David Monahan’s upcoming show in Dublin. It is the final movement in a suite of works that spans the period of net emigration.
The work features a series of over 25 new large scale (1metre x 1.3metre) photographic works shot in 2016 on location in Dublin, Toronto, Ohio, Chicago, Surrey and Wicklow. It will hang for 4 months from November to late February 2017 at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, Dublin.
A fund:it campaign for this exhibition has gone live for two weeks until 23 September. Take a look, feel free to share the project on your social networks and if you can, support the work by making a pledge.
For more information about this project, see the artist’s blogspot.