The Copper House Gallery will launch The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, a photographic exhibition, by PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Award winner Yvette Monahan from 7-10pm, Saturday 5th July 2014. Yvette Monahan was selected by an international jury of 21 professionals as the winner of the Portfolio Award at PhotoIreland Festival 2013. The Time of Dreaming the World Awake will run as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2014.
Based on a small region in Southern France, The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is a portrait of a place, a landscape of possibility. The show is inspired by the mythical Bugarach mountain and it's connection to a Mayan prophecy which indicated that the world as we know it, would end on 21st December 2012. The prophecy claimed that this date would mark the beginning of a new era for humanity, Bugarach being the first bastion of this modern Arcadia.
Drawn to the esoteric legends surrounding Bugarach, over the course of 2012 Yvette Monahan was compelled to capture an allegorical landscape full of portents that exist beyond the sphere of visual reality. In order to access the intangible within the landscape, Monahan photographed people and places intuitively; her camera a method of visual enquiry translating the existential nature of this place. While the Mayan prophecy passed without event, the possibility of an idyll may yet exist in the realm of our imagination.
Yvette Monahan is a Dublin based photographer whose work is inspired by myths and landscape. The Time of Dreaming the World Awake won the Portfolio Award at PhotoIreland Festival 2013. This body of work was also chosen to represent the Belfast Photo Festival at the 2014 Circulations Festival in Paris. The dummy book of The Time of Dreaming the World Awake was nominated in January 2014 for MACK publishing’s First Book Award by Christiane Monarchi of Photomonitor. Yvette completed an MFA at the University of Ulster in 2013 under Paul Seawright and Donovan Wylie. Yvette also works as one half of seanandyvette photography with her husband Sean Breithaupt. They both work independently but come together for commissions.
PhotoIreland is an organisation dedicated to promote critical thinking around photography and a deeper engagement with the visual arts. Now in it's fifth year, PhotoIreland celebrates a festival every July, promoting by way of a proposed theme, works from national and international artists. The theme to this year's festival being: Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies.
The Time of Dreaming the World Awake, a photographic exhibition, by PhotoIreland Festival Portfolio Award winner Yvette Monahan, runs at The Copper House Gallery from 5th July until the 20th July 2014. Admission is free and all are welcome.