PHOTOTROPISM AT THE LIBRARY PROJECT, TEMPLE BAR, DUBLIN
OPEN NOW TO MAY 8TH
Phototropism is defined as the natural tendency of plants to move or point towards a light source. One could also interpret this action as the result of a far more complex and instinctive decision, made in the search for subsistence, for all living things, towards a common good.
This exhibition, now running at The Library Project, combines two natural forms that rely heavily on light for their existence – plants and photography.
“The exhibition brings together the works of contemporary photographers assembled among various plant installations”, says Ángel Luis González Fernández, co-curator of the exhibition and director of Photo Ireland. “We’re trying to assimilate phototropism – the idea of plants going towards the light. It could also be understood, in human terms, as the idea of a movement towards a common good, something positive”. (Watch our interview with Ángel Luis González Fernández below).
Placed, and at times concealed, amid a diverse botanical display of tropical, desert and domestic plants are the works of eleven contemporary photographers including Viviane Sassen, Ciarán Óg Arnold, Miriam O’Connor, Paul Gaffney, Jan Dirk Van Der Burg, Gerry Blake, Saskia Groneberg, Enda Bowe, Ruth van Beek, Eoin Moylan, and Awoiska Van Der Molen. All works have a distinct, varied and playful approach that will evolve together with the plant life over the month-long installation.
Viewed from the street, the gallery could be perceived as a typically fashionably urban, retail plant emporium. As a result, the exhibition has attracted diverse groups of visitors. “Some people enter the gallery believing they’re visiting a plant shop to browse or purchase something”, says Ángel. What’s interesting about the exhibition is that, while purchasing a beautiful plant, the unsuspecting visitor can also experience some intriguing photography. As he explains, the show itself is a “movement towards a common good”.
Phototropism is now running at The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2 until May 8th.
For more information visit The Library Project