This exhibition, dedicated to the work of Eamonn Doyle (Dublin, 1969), explores the most recent series made by the Irish photographer. Living in the centre of the Irish capital, Doyle photographs his surroundings from unexpected angles, revealing an original vision of the city and its inhabitants. His series i, ON, and End., otherwise known as the Dublin trilogy, with their strategic cropping and framing, convey moments of stillness and frenetic energy, solitude and community. This exhibition brings these photographs together, allowing the audience to experience the unique rhythm of Doyle’s Dublin.
Doyle’s newest body of work, K, is his most mysterious and personal. The oversize colour photographs show a series of spectral figures of continually shifting form set against the dramatic backgrounds of Ireland’s west coast and in western Spain. These works and their installation reference the Irish tradition of keening, a vocal lamentation for the dead, and are partly born of the premature losses of the artist’s brother and mother. With the Spanish photographs of the K series, Fundación MAPFRE continues its mission of supporting preeminent photographers as they undertake new photographic production in Spain.
The Fundación MAPFRE exhibition premiered in Dublin, 2019, at RHA Gallery before it travelled to Madrid, becoming the largest exhibition of Eamonn’s work to be staged anywhere. Doyle still lives and works where it all began, just off Parnell Street in Dublin, with the D1 Recordings studio still operating in the basement.
The exhibition is complemented by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue designed by the curator, Niall Sweeney, and includes essays by Sweeney, filmmaker Bob Quinn, composer and musician David Donohoe, and design historian Lisa Godson, PhD. The English-language edition of the catalogue is co-published with Editorial RM, Barcelona and Mexico City.
*The photographs may not be bled, cropped, guttered, overprinted or altered in any way, whether it be color, proportion or form. It is also not permitted to write, superimpose or add any text on the images. The reproduction of the photographs must be accompanied by the pertinent copyright line.
The reproduction of images in on-line publications and media is allowed only for exhibition publicity and dissemination where the resolution of the reproduction is a maximum 72 dpi/204 pixels in a non-downloadable format.
Curator: Niall Sweeney
Production: Fundación MAPFRE
Fundación MAPFRE, Bárbara de Braganza Exhibition Hall
13, Calle Bárbara de Braganza
28004 Madrid | Spain
Eamonn Doyle, i (series) no. 36, 2013. UltraChrome HDR pigment print on Hahnemühle FineArt paper, 225 × 150 cm. Unique exhibition edition. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery, London. © Eamonn Doyle.*