Opening Preview (Including Publication Launch): Thursday 7th June at 6pm

The exhibition will be opened by Trish Brennan, Head of Fine Art & Ceramic Design (Acting), CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.

Continues: 8th – 16th June 12pm – 5pm (closed Sundays)

Q&A with Artists: Saturday 9th June at 1pm

Michal Baror (IL) Beth Atkinson (UK) Elisabeth Molin (DK) Patrick Hough (IRL) Joanna Piotrowska (PL)

Basement Project Space presents ‘The Suspension of History’, an exciting international group exhibition of contemporary photography. This exhibition brings together the ambitious work of five artists from five countries who are currently undertaking an MA in Fine Art Photography at Royal College of Art London. Engaging with the subject of history, these artists query historical representation in varying ways: the official and unofficial, personal or universal, factual or fictive.

This exhibition signals a topical and timely moment of reflection on the nature of history and by extension certain moments of disjuncture, intersection and rupture between past and present. The show considers history not as a linear account of a past that is extrinsic to the present, but as something that can exist contemporaneously. Like a photograph, our historical inheritance can be seen, interpreted and manipulated in our own time, It is in this sense that history becomes suspended.

Michal Baror (IL) questions the politics of history writing and the limits of vision that are forced upon a subject from its historical and geographical settings, taking Israel-Palestine,  her homeland as a case study. Beth Atkinson’s (UK) work focuses on the folklore of Epping Forest, north of London, through exploring its repeating histories and the blurring of fact and fiction. Elisabeth Molin (DK) uses actors and props to momentarily transform existing spaces. The juxtapositions are attempts to render permanent and incontestable spaces more fragile, ephemeral and open to questioning. Patrick Hough (IRL) examines how history is represented and constructed in cinema and how it becomes stratified and layered through a multiplicity of representations in various forms. Joanna Piotrowska (PL) “portrays far off reflections of existence, the elliptical presence of humans in places where (it would seem) they have never been.”

A special limited edition publication has been produced as part of this exhibition, including a text by Dr Susan Butler. Available at BPS.

Artists Biographies:

Michal Baror born in 1984 in Safed, Israel is a conceptual artist working with photography. Baror is currently studying for her Master in the Photography department at the Royal College of Art, London, After graduating with honour her the Photography department at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem in 2008. In-between she studied for one year at Alma – Home for Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv, and participated in an artist residency in Vienna, supported by the akademie der bildenden künste wien. Selected group exhibitions from 2011-2012 include ‘Behind Illusion’ – ‘Merhav LeOmanut’, Jaffa,  ‘Paradise’ – the Milan Salone, Milan, ‘Work in Progress Show’ (the interim show of the RCA) – Dyson building Gallery, London, ‘Fresh Paint’ art fair, Tel Aviv, ‘Beauty’ – Gallery Florentin 45, Tel Aviv,   ‘Execiotion’ – Minshar Gallery, Tel Aviv. During the last academic year, Baror won the Constance Fairness Foundation Prize, and the google photography prize – Israel.  During her B.A. Baror won two prizes of honour from the photography department (2006-2007) and one from the History and Theory department (2008) in Bezalel Academy, She also won the  ‘Keren Sharet’ Scholarship for 2006-2007.

Joanna Piotrowska was born in Warsaw 1985 and studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and Warsaw Film School. Now, she continues her education on MA Photography at Royal College of Art. This year she was awarded Genesis Foundation Award for the young artists, a major £20,000 prize to fund her two years study at the RCA.  In 2010 she was nominated for sittcomm.award and Terry O’Neil Award. She won Sony World Photography Award – Student Focus/Europe. She had her first solo show in Zpafiska Gallery in 2010. In 2009 she was artist in residence inGörlitz – Germany and she received The Scholarship of the Head of the City of Cracow.

Beth Atkinson was born in the East Midlands, UK in 1984. She completed her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at the University of Leeds in 2007. Since graduating, Beth has exhibited widely in the UK, Canada and the US in both group and solo exhibitions. Beth provided editorial assistance for Gallery as Community, a publication by Whitechapel Gallery and works as Education Coordinator for October Gallery, London. She is currently studying MA Photography at the Royal College of Art where she was recently awarded the Tim Sayer Prize.

Patrick Hough was born in 1989 in Galway, Ireland. He received his B.A in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011. He is currently a student on the MA in Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Patrick’s work has previously exhibited in several international group shows including the National Gallery of Kosovo in Prishtina, KT Contemporary, Dublin and in Volume , New Cross, London. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Emergent‐Fundació Sorigué Award in Lleida, Spain. In 2011 he received the Block T graduate award, along with awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust. In 2012 he was the recipient of one of three inaugural Burberry Design Scholarships at the Royal College of Art and was selected to take part in a residency at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow, this summer.

Elisabeth Molin was born in 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London and is currently doing her Masters in Photography at Royal College of Art. The last three years she has exhibited in various group shows in Milan, Paris and Brussels, as well as in Copenhagen at Charlottenborg Kunsthal, in New York at the Art Currents Institute and in London at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition.

The Suspension of History has been made possible by the generous support of the Royal College of Art, London.

Basement Project Space, Camden Quay, Cork City, Ireland


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