From July 02 to July 24
Exhibitions of Esther Teichman and Rik Moran in Smithfield Square
As part of the 7th edition of PhotoIreland Festival, Flâneur By Dublin brings to the streets of Ireland’s capital the commissioned works of two great contemporary photographers. Displayed in a series of large cubes, their work disperses over a metal pathway installed in Smithfield Square. These large cubes become lightboxes at dusk, creating a unique display and extending the enjoyment of this open-air gallery throughout the night.
The two selected artists for Flâneur By Dublin are Esther Teichmann (DE) and Rik Moran (UK). They both enjoyed a residency in Ireland earlier this year, engaging with the urban and rural landscape, and producing the present body of work.
About Esther Teichmann
German/ American artist Esther Teichmann (b.1980) received an MA and PhD from the Royal College of Art and has exhibited and published internationally. Teichmann’s first solo museum show, Mondschwimmen, opened this June at Zephyr –Reiss-‐Engelhorn-‐Museen Mannheim, with an accompanying publication of short stories and works by the artist. The exhibition is made up of video installations, sculptural and photographic works, which include large-‐scale painted backdrops. An event with a string quartet performing a composition by Deirdre Gribbin, created for one of the film installations, as well as readings by the art historian and author Carol Mavor was held in conjunction with the show.
Recent group exhibitions have included In Appropriation at the Houston Centre of Photography, curated by Aaron Schuman, The Constructed View at the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in South Korea curated by Louise Clements and Femina at the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Pavillion Vendome in Paris. In 2014 Esther wasthe recipient of the Levallois Award and the exhibition Fractal Scars, Salt Water and Tears was shown in Paris and London. Her work is featured in important survey publications including In Our World edited by Filippo Maggia, 100 New Artists edited by Francesca Gavin, Laurence King and Phaidon’s forthcoming Looking at Photographs by David Campany. In 2014 Self Publish Be Happy published her work as their Book Club Volume V.
Teichmann curates and writes alongside her practice (Staging Disorder co-‐curatedand co-‐edited with Christopher Stewart in 2015 including works by Broomberg & Chanarin, An-‐My Le, Richard Mosse and Sarah Pickering).
In 2013 Esther was a guest professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, London College of Communication and visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. In 2015 Teichmann received a six month funded research sabbatical from LCC and created new works in Australia, the Amazon and the United States. Esther is currently working on a two-‐volume book of her images and writing (forthcoming by Stanley/Barker).
About Rik Moran
Rik Moran is a London-based documentary photographer focused on environments and spaces, the memories that inhabit them, and the residual stories and emotions left behind. He’s studied at Central Saint Martins in London, alongside a lengthy career in design and advertising and his work has featured in The Guardian, The Modernist, The London Society Journal and Umbrella magazine amongst others.
He’s been celebrating the hidden, untold and underdog aspects for over 20 years. He uses photography to document his view of the world and to make sense of what crosses his path, articulating the underlying feelings of locations, that exist beyond the usual and the well documented. His Flâneurism project is a celebration of the unseen, hidden and uncelebrated. Exploring the cul-de-sacs and avenues of life, the aim is to join the dots between the coincidences and topologies of the world via successive photographic posts and physical printed photobooks.
Online since 2014 with a large archive of photography from locations as far and wideas Tokyo, Bogota and Moscow, the books launched in August 2015, with three publications from Athens, Moscow and the Heygate Estate in South London.
Each edition is based around a single location, city or town with an underlying thread exploring the stories and history present within.
Three new editions launched in February 2016. There’s a broad theme of flourishing in the face of adversity running throughout. The death knell of gentrification may be a rallying cry for many to put down their mochaccino and click ‘like’ or ‘share’, but for every online petition, there’s a place prospering despite all odds. The regenerated White City in Tel Aviv, the ever-resilient Soho and Coney Island’s long-running resistance to development, are just three such stories.