Ciúin Tracey is a freelance photographer from Dublin, Ireland who works mainly in fashion and commercial photography, with these genres influencing heavily upon her more personal fine art work. She has exhibited work in many galleries, including The Gallery of Photography, the RDS and Farmleigh House. She has also been printed in multiple publications, and is currently the resident photographer in Shutterbug, Kilkenny. Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of Olivier Cornet, Fire and Dublin Ink.

 

Tracey is interested in using the techniques gained through fashion and studio photography, to create photographic series that explore the person’s relationship with their bodies in relation to the ideals set forth by modern media stereotypes. Tracey is currently working on an expansion of her graduation series entitled The Tyranny of Beauty.

 

The Tyranny of Beauty is a photographic narrative that explores the representation of the body and the psychological impact of the promotion of certain physical ideals in the contemporary mediasphere. The series examines peoples’ relationships with their physical being and how often, in the search for the perfect or ‘utopian’ body, a dystopian reality is created as a result of unnatural aims and expectations.

 

As an exploration of the photographic studio and the codes surrounding the body of the model, the role of gesture and pose and the allegory of still life, these photographs represent related body-based and psychological states. Through the dark colour palette and the claustrophobic nature of the frame, the audience is confronted with a construction of dysfunction, which may be read as a kind of distortion and dismorphia produced by the excess of visual images in everyday life dictating unhealthy body ideals. These photographs propose another vantage point on a much-discussed social issue that affects men and women of all ages.

 

Exhibitions:

 

Guerrilla Exhibition                                                   May 2011 – Present (Ongoing)

Dublin & Maidstone, England

Exhibitor & Organiser

 

RDS Student Art Awards                                              28th July – 7th October 2011

RDS Ballsbridge and Farmleigh House

Exhibitor

 

This Space: Group Exhibition                                         9th – 14th September 2011

Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin

Exhibitor

 

Four Floors Group Exhibition: PhotoIreland 2011                      19th - 31st July 2011

MadArt Gallery, Dublin

Exhibitor

 

Dublin Institute of Technology Graduate Exhibition 2011           7th – 26th June 2011

Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar

Exhibitor

 

Little Green Street Gallery Opening                                  22nd April – 5th May 2011

Dublin

Exhibitor

 

The Woman Factor                                                                  4th -6th March 2011

The Back Loft, Dubin

Exhibitor

 

Exotero: PhotoIreland 2010                            28th September – 2nd October 2010

Library, Naas

Exhibitor

 

Ó Bhalla Go Balla                                                                23rd September  2010

Dingle, Co. Kerry

Exhibitor

 

Full Spectrum                                                                       20th – 31st May 2010

Millstreet Studios, Dublin

Exhibitor

 

East Wall – A Community Remembered                                          December 2009

Sean O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall

Curator/Organiser