The students of the European Master of Contemporary Photography 2015-2016 have had the chance to show their work at the PhotoIreland festival, which can become a real diving board for their work. The exhibition is entitled Immediate Histories and can be seen at the Instituto Cervantes in Dublin until the 29th of July.
Paulina Lara has been in charge of curating the show, as well as taking part as an artist. We spoke with her and two of her colleagues (Anubhav Syal and Sofía Ayarzagoitia) to find out more about the exhibition, their photographs and future plans.
What do you think about showing your work in PhotoIreland?
Anubhav: I feel excited and privileged to be part of the PhotoIreland as I have been following New Irish Works for a year now. What is extremely important for a story is to be told away from the land it originates from and this is a platform for stories to shared. I’m thrilled!
Sofía: It is a very good opportunity to show our photography in PhotoIreland. It opens doors for this photographic world. I am really excited and happy.
Paulina: It is a great opportunity for showing our projects, and get visibility from other photographers and from the people who comes to the festival. An art project is not done until is exhibited and commented, and getting the chance to show it in a place far from where it was conceived expands its possibilities. In my case I feel the excitement the double, since I had the responsibility of also prepare the curatorial proposal for the show.
Describe your project in a couple of sentences.
A: Handmade disaster is about breaking free and the search for a new home and safety.
S: My work consists on encounters I had during my master at IED Madrid, produced in Spain. It is called Every Night I am Afraid I’ll be Dinner. It is about intimacy and things emerging from it. Maintaining the necessary link between art and life.
P: The Notion of Home is an art project based on a fictional archeological research, which started on the recollection and study of materials from demolished houses in Madrid.
What are your plans now as a photographer?
A: India is changing fast and its a crucial time to document that change. I plan to dedicate myself to photographing that change and contribute to a larger archive of the indian photographic history. I do plan to get involved in the local photo communities and also study further more in the field of Art history.
S: I can’t wait to move around this project, that will soon I hope be published as a book. Also I wish to start producing a new body of work.
P: I’m collaborating with an international collective and we are preparing an issue for next month, as well as an exhibition next year. I’m also working on some personal projects, mainly analogue and polaroid.