artist Deirdre O'Mahony
location IRELAND, North Clare, County Clare
region 4 West (West)
index no. 06.4.02
about the media A (free) magazine as part of a project. In addition: some information about former projects of Deirdre O'Mahony.
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.