About

[ BIO ]


Irish photographer, Miriam O’Connor lives and works in Cork. She holds a BA in photography from Dublin Institute of Technology, and completed a Research Masters at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2011. Drawing inspiration from the language, sights and sounds of the everyday, O’ Connor’s practice frequently engages with matters which reflect her day-to-day experience of being a photographer. Her projects have explored themes around looking and seeing; the relationship between camera and subject; the circulation and consumption of images and the complex nature of photographic representation. She often employs wit and humour in her practice as tools to communicate her photographic inquiries.

Her work has been exhibited and published extensively, with features in magazines including Camera Austria, Source, and The New York Times. She has had solo shows at Galleri Image, Denmark, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast, during ‘THERE THERE’ festival, Cork and Sternview Gallery, Cork. In January 2012, PogoBooks, Berlin and Galleri Image, Denmark published her first photo book Attention Seekers. In 2012, she received the Alliance Française Photography Award, for her project The Misbehaving Camera, which included a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. She was a nominee for the Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Photography Awards and produced her second photobook, The Legacy Project, an arts commission with The National Women’s Council of Ireland in 2013. She was one of the selected artists for Greetings from Ireland (2015) and New Irish Works I & II (2013, 2016). In conjunction with Galleri Image, Denmark, she is currently producing new work for FRESH EYES - International artists rethink Aarhus, which will be exhibited during Aarhus Capital of Culture, 2017. Her work is held in both public and private collections.



[ CONTACT ]

|e| oconnormiriamc@gmail.com
|w| miriamoconnor.com



[ EXHIBITIONS ]

2017 - FRESH EYES – International Artists Rethink Aarhus with Galleri Image, Denmark (Oct)
2017 - Rochester Art Center, Minnesota, USA (June-Sept)
2017 - New Irish Works, The Library Project, Dublin
2017 - Perlman Teaching Museum, Minnesota, USA
2017 - The Devonshire Collective Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
2017 - Photo 17, Zürich, Switzerland
2016 - Artbox Bazaar, Artbox Gallery, Dublin
2016 - The Postcard Show 2016, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork
2016 - New Irish Works II, Espace LHomond, Paris
2016 - ‘Laugh a Defiance’ in conjunction with My Brilliant Friend, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin
2016 - 'Greetings from Ireland' at Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden
2016 - PHOTOTROPISM, The Library Project, Dublin
2016 - 'Folding Landscapes', G126, Galway
2016 - 'Folding Landscapes', Burren College of Art, Co. Clare
2015 - Annual - Stenview Gallery, Cork
2015 - HALFTONE, The Library Project, Dublin
2015 - VUE - Ireland's National Contemporary Art Fair with Artbox, RHA
2015 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick
2015 - (it's kind of like) telephone, Artbox, Dublin
2015 - 'Greetings from Ireland', PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin
2015 - 'Greetings from Ireland' at Triennial of Photography Hamburg, Germany
2015 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, The Workhouse Assembly, Callan, Kilkenny
2015 - 185th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Show, Dublin
2015 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, Regional Culture Centre, Letterkenny
2015 - 'Journey to 2017' associated with FRESH EYES, at Ridehuset, Aarhus, Denmark
2014 - 'Greetings from Ireland', The Library Project, Dublin
2014 - 'Photo Collect' in Museumsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 - ‘Now Wakes the Sea’ in conjunction with Kinsale Arts Festival, Cork
2014 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, EU House, Dublin
2014 - 'Of The Afternnoon', Twenty Twenty Two Gallery, Manchester, UK
2014 - 'Of The Afternnoon', Vyner St Gallery Gallery, London, UK
2014 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, Cork City Hall, Cork
2013 - 'New Irish Works', düo, Paris, France
2013 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, 126 Gallery, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, Galway
2013 - The Legacy Project in ‘Still, We Work’, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
2013 - 'Rites & Wrongs', Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2013 - 'New Irish Works', PhotoIreland Festival, Ormston House, Limerick
2012 - Project 30 - Emerging Views of Ireland', Gallery of Photography, Dublin
2012 - RUA RED Gallery - Winter Show, Dublin
2012 - KAUNAS PHOTO 2012, 'About Photography', M.Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
2012 - Attention Seekers, in conjunction with 'THERE THERE', Cork, Ireland (SOLO)
2012 - 'A Collection' curated by Lasse Krog Møller, Galleri Image, Denmark
2012 - 'D' Photo Book Show , The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
2012 - Slideluck Potshow Dublin, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin
2012 - 182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Show, Dublin
2012 - Alliance Française, Alliance Française Photography Shortlist Award, Dublin
2012 - Attention Seekers, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark (SOLO)
2011 - RUA RED Gallery, Winter Show, Dublin
2011 - Burren College of Art Gallery, Co. Clare
2011 - Attention Seekers, Third Space Gallery, Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, UK (SOLO)
2011 - The 4th Gemini Show!, Berlin
2011 - Vote No. 1 in conjunction with UPSTART, Dublin
2010- Vote No. 1, Selected Locations, PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland (SOLO)
2010 - The Thing That Bruises You, La Cathedral, Dublin
2008 - 2009 - The Alphabetproject, (Online Exhibition)
2007 - RDS Student Art Awards, RDS, Dublin
2007 - Photoworks, Gallery of Photography, Dublin
2006 - Portent, Back Loft, La Cathedral, Dublin
2005 - Amnesty International, Filmbase, Dublin


[ COLLABORATIONS ]

2016 - Collaboration with artist Jesse Jones on Laugh a Defiance in conjunction with 'My Brilliant Friend', Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin
2016 - Collaboration with artist Jesse Jones on publications associated with NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
2014- 2016 - Collaboration with artists Sarah Browne + Jesse Jones on In the Shadow of the State,Various locations in Ireland & the UK


[ BOOKS ]

2017 - Tomorrow is Sunday - ISBN 9780995701854 (Published by PhotoIreland in conjunction with New Irish Works)
2013 - The Legacy Project (Self Published in conjunction with NWCI Commission)
2013 - New Irish Works - ISBN 978-0-9576849-0-4 (In conjunction with PhotoIreland)
2012 - Attention Seekers - ISBN 978-3-942547-15-4 (In conjunction with PogoBooks, Berlin + Galleri Image, Denmark)



[ AWARDS - GRANTS - COMMISSIONS ]

2017 - Cork County Council Bursary
2015 - New York Times Magazine (Commission)
2013 - Nominee for Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards
2013 - National Women's Council of Ireland (Commission)
2012 - Alliance Française Photography Award
2011 - Culture Ireland Funding Award
2008 - 2010 - Higher Education and Training Awards Council, Ireland


[ RESIDENCIES ]

2016 - FRESH EYES – International Artists Rethink Aarhus, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
2015 - Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award [EIARA], Burren College of Art, Co. Clare
2014 - FRESH EYES – International Artists Rethink Aarhus, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
2014 - Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France



[ ARTIST TALKS + WORKSHOPS ]

2016 - Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork (Artist Talk)
2016 - Aarhus Photobook Week, Denmark, (In conversation with Eloi Gimeno)
2016 - How to Flatten a Mountain, Cow House Studios, Wexford (Workshop)
2015 - Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork (Artist Talk)
2015 - Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin (Artist Talk)
2015 - Griffith College Dublin (Artist Talk)
2015 - Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick (Artist Talk)
2015 - Camden Palace, Cork, Ireland (Artist Talk In conjunction with Cork Photo, 2015)
2015 - Burren College of Art, Co. Clare (Artist Talk)
2014 - KBH Film & Foto Skole, Copenhagen, Denmark (Artist Talk)
2014 - Galleri Image, Denmark (Artist Talk)
2012 - Gallery of Photography, Dublin (In conjunction with 'Project 30; Emerging Views of Ireland')
2012 - Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland (Visiting Lecturer)
2012 - Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland (In Conversation with Anna Crudge & Ángel Luis González Fernández)
2012 - Galleri Image, Denmark (Artist Talk)
2011 - The Third Space Gallery, Belfast, (In Conversation with Matt Packer)



[ BOOK - RELATED EVENTS ]

2016 - The Image Collection, Galleri Image, Denmark
2015 - New Irish Works / The Legacy Project / Attention Seekers at Cork Photo, 2015
2015 - 'The Legacy Project', in 'Still We Work' Tour 2015 (Donegal, Kilkenny & Limerick)
2014 - Visual Artists Ireland - 'Get Together 2014', Dublin
2013 - New Irish Works / The Legacy Project / Attention Seekers at - düo, Paris
2013 - 'The Legacy Project', Gallery of Photography, Dublin
2013 - Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdamn
2013 - Occupy Space - Reading Room, Limerick
2013 - Visual Artists Ireland - 'Get Together 2013', Dublin
2013 - New Irish Works, PhotoIreland Festival
2013 - Limerick International Publishers Salon, Limerick
2012 - Dublin Art Book Fair, TBG+S, Templebar, Dublin
2012 - OFFPRINT, Paris
2012 - New York Art Book Fair
2012 - MISS READ Berlin
2012 - The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki during the 'D' Photo Book Show
2012 - Zine These #2 Osaka, Japan
2012 - I NEVER READ Art Book Fair & Art Basel
2012 - Photobook SLAM, C/O Berlin's Berlin Book Days
2012 - Les Rencontres d'Arles
2012 - Zine Release Party, Idrawalot Gallery Berlin
2012 - Attention Seekers published by PogoBooks, Berlin & Galleri Image, Denmark



[ ONLINE FEATURES + PRINT PUBLICATIONS ]

The New York Times Magazine - Camera Austria - The Guardian - PogoBooks - Source Photographic Review - The Visual Artists News Sheet - NO MORE FUN AND GAMES, ACT 2 + 3 - Irish Farmers Journal - Portfolio 12 - Excerpt Magazine - La Lettre De la Photographie - Soanyway- Fototazo Gallery - Minimal Exposition - PRISM | Photo Magazine - HERE Press - Self Publish, Be Happy - Actual Colors May Vary - O.K Periodicals - PRIVATE - International Review of Photographs - Afterimage - LENSCRATCH - 1 IN A 100 - Holy Ghost Zine, - aCurator - Photo Volume - POSI+TIVE Magazine - UNLESSYOUWILL - VULGO - SuperMassiveBlackHole



[ REVIEWS + TEXTS ]

2015 - ‘Blue and green should never be seen’ in Art News, The Irish Farmers Journal, (11-07-2015)
2015 - ‘Still, We Work’ in Round Up - The Visual Artists News Sheet, Issue 4, July – August
2015 - ‘Recognising the paid and unpaid, seen and unseen work’, Kilkenny People, (26-06-2015)
2015 - ‘Real Inclusive arts festival- Abhainn Ri’, Kilkenny People, (26-06-2015)
2015 - ‘The Bright Side- Still, We Work’, Inishowen Independent, (14-05-2015)
2014 - 'Exhibition shows real picture of Ireland', The Irish Times, (06-12-2014)
2014 - ‘The Legacy Project’ - Source - The Photographic Review, Issue 78
2014 - ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ - Sunday Times Culture Magazine (29-06-14)
2013 - Still, We Work - 'Exhibition shines a light on women's seen and unseen work'- The Irish Times, (18-10-2013)
2013 - The Legacy Project - The Visual Artists News Sheet, Issue 5, September - October
2013 - Working Times - Lockout 1913 Commemoration Newssheet, Issue One
2013 - Attention Seekers - Forum, Camera Austria, Issue No 122
2013 - Attention Seekers - 'In Situ' - Source - The Photographic Review, Issue 73
2012 - Attention Seekers - Text for THERE THERE Programme by Matt Packer, Curator of Exhibitions & Projects, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
2012 - Attention Seekers - 'Making the Ordinary Just Extraordinary', by Colette Sheridan, The Evening Echo, (17-10-2012)
2011 - Attention Seekers - VULGO, by Conor O'Neill, (23-08-2011)
2011 - Attention Seekers - RTÉ 'Arena', by Jackie Nickerson, (Aired 10-08-2011)
2011 - Attention Seekers - The Irish Times, (06-08-2011)


[ EDUCATION ]

2008 - 2011 - Research Masters ( Funded by HETAC )
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin, Ireland

2003 - 2007 - BA (Hons) Photography
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland


[ COLLECTIONS ]

Galleri Image, Denmark
Private Collections, Ireland, UK & France