No Crisis Here is a social commentary on the housing crisis in Ireland that, arguably, has been in place for over 100 years (cf. Dublin InQuirer). In October 2018, a cross-party motion in the Dáil supported the declaration of a national emergency in regards to housing and homelessness by a majority. However, the government was not obliged to act on this motion.
Exploring the current state of the Irish housing and rental markets, Ailbe highlights the lack of governmental support and the structural issues that effect the most vulnerable people in Irish society. His work questions the common understanding of the term homelessness and brings into focus the mental as well as financial struggle of those living on the streets, in emergency accommodation and also those working in precarious employment.
A Selection of Still Life images
1. Cupid and Perfume
2. The Poet
3. Soap Stone and Vase
Large Format Photographs
These days less and less people work with their hands. For this series I used analogue large format film (black and white 5 x 4 inches negative film) to capture people who still work with their hands.
“Lámha” is the Irish word for hands.
1. Plastic Surgeon Dr. Murphy - Blackrock Clinic
2. Carpenter - Brian Tyrrell - Bear Creation
3. Coffee Roaster - Monika - 3fe
4. Chef - John - Forrest Avenue
5. Tree Surgeon - Ian Ferris - South Dublin Tree Services
6. Bicycle Mechanic - Anne - Rothar
7. Musician - John Wilde
For this series of images I sent a day with Irish artist Kari Cahill as she started work on a new canvas.
Check out more of her amazing paintings HERE.
A visual tour of Dublin 7