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Abandoned Clare
artist Deirdre O'Mahony
year 2011
language(s) English
location  IRELAND, North Clare, County Clare
region 4 West (West)
index no. 06.4.02
media Magazine
about the media A (free) magazine as part of a project. In addition: some information about former projects of Deirdre O'Mahony.
 
The Mushroom factory, Tubber, Co Clare 2009
The Shed School. Roxton Co Clare 2009
 
about the project Abridged 0 - 20: Abandoned Clare is a recent project by Deirdre O'Mahony. It is a collection of 54 Photographs that were exhibited at the X-PO in December 2011.

When
 Abandoned 
Clare 
was 
first 
proposed 
in 
2009 
rural 
Clare
 looked 
very
 different.
 The 
frenzied 
building 
developments, 
housing
schemes and 
hotels,
 seemed 
to 
signify 
an 
obsession 
with 
shedding 
any 
reminder 
of 
the 
economic
 stagnation 
in 
the 
past. Now 
that 
the 
boom 
is 
over,
the 
‘Abandoned’
 project,
with
 its 
focus 
on 
the 
signs 
of 
rural
 abandonment
 could 
be
 read
 as 
a
melancholic coda
 to 
the 
all‐pervading 
litany 
of
 economic 
disaster. 
Yet
 behind 
the 
images 
lie 
stories,
 and 
within 
the 
stories 
are 
the
 germs 
of 
ideas 
and 
possibilities
 for 
the 
future, 
a
 kind 
of 
common 
sense 
that 
might
 serve 
as
 a 
generative catalyst for ideas on a sustainable future for rural communities.
The 
intention 
with 
Abandoned 
Clare 
was 
not 
to 
lament 
a 
lost 
utopian 
past 
but 
to
 stimulate,
provoke 
and
 provide 
evidence 
of
 other
ways 
of 
doing 
things.



The work also exists in printed form and a free magazine (which is contributed to Bibliobox). The magazine Abridged; Abridged 0 - 20: Abandoned Clare further explores the issues raised by the exhibition.
 
organisations Abridged
 
links www.deirdre-omahony.ie     x-po.ie     
 
see also 3 Films index no. 06.4.03, Ground Up index no. 06.4.01
 
The Piggery Cooperative Ennistymon, Co Clare 2009
Holiday House Kilfenora 2009
 
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