Lament: exploring traces of the 19c. famine in the contemporary Irish landscape.
The work, Lament, represents a distillation of a tragic episode in history related to an Gorta Mór or the Great Hunger in 19th century Ireland. Discovered while walking through the remote Irish landscape, the photographs are a poetic response to a past event in the present moment. Each site, uncovered, is a site of pain and loss, hope and despair. Hidden and ignored, each site of memory connects to a trace of its past history. Lamentconsists of three components: the archaeological remains of a remote 19c. famine village hidden from sight by the overgrowth of hazel scrub, the remains of an auxiliary Workhouse that housed children evicted from their homes, or left destitute, and images of the sea which serve as a visual metaphor for the concept of leaving home; the tide represent the rhythms of daily life and the fate of the emigrant. Liz Hingley is a British photographer and anthropologist. She holds a first class BA Honours in Photography, and an MSc in Social Anthropology with distinction from University College London. During a two-year scholarship with FABRICA, in Italy, she made the work ‘Under Gods, stories from Soho Road’, which was published by Dewi Lewis in 2011 and became an internationally touring solo exhibition. Her work has received numerous awards including the 2013 Photo Philanthropy award, 2012 Prix Virginia and 2011 Getty Editorial Grant. In 2013 her work ‘End Of Lines’ was published as the book ‘Shanghai’, for the Portraits De Villes series designed by Be-Poles.