ANNOUNCING A NEW PUBLICATION BASED ON OUR MASS ISOLATION PROJECT
As the majority of COVID-19 restrictions come to an end in Ireland and elsewhere we can look back on an extraordinary period in our recent history. Gallery of Photography Ireland is delighted to announce a new publication bringing together a selection of images from our Mass Isolation Instagram project. Inspired by Mass-Observation, the social research organisation founded in 1937, Mass Isolation invited people to share images of their experiences during the first COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland through social media.
This new publication features a wide cross-section of images from the project. It has been curated by Darja Zeitzev from the Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland, one of our partners on the project, and includes a thoughtful essay from Ailbhe Greaney, photographer and lecturer. With over 120 images from 85 contributors, the Mass Isolation publication gives a unique insight into how people experienced the COVID-19 pandemic and serves as a lasting record of the way photography as a medium can bring people together in a time of crisis.
Using specially created hashtags, the Mass Isolation project grew into a crowd-sourced online archive with over 30,000 photos contributed to date, and over 9,000 shared in Ireland alone, showing the impact of the COVID-19 on daily life around the world. The project ran on Instagram between March and June 2020. To view the complete archive, search the tags #massisolationproject and #massisolationIRL on Instagram. Initiated by Gallery of Photography Ireland, it was subsequently taken up by partner organisations in the UK, Finland and Australia. You can view the international contributions to the project here:
Format Festival, Derby, England: #massisolationFORMAT
Impressions Gallery, Bradford, England: #massisolationIG
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia: #massisolationAUS
The Mass Isolation publication will be available to purchase exclusively from the Gallery of Photography Ireland bookshop priced €10
Featuring contributions from: Mert Alayoğlu, Aarif Amod, Philip Arneill, Josip Artukovic, Andrew Gerard Ball, Christopher Barr, Giulia Berto, Freja Blomstrand, Bryan James Brophy, Laura Burke, Andrew Butler, Jack Caffrey, Liza Cauldwell, Barry Cawston, Macidiano Céspedes, Ailbe Collins, Fiona Connell, Brian Cooney, Brian Cregan, Martin Cregg, Michael Croghan, Barry Cronin, James Curran, Paul Daly, Tracey Delaney, Ciaran Dunbar, Kety Duran, Carole Evans,William Fagan, Andrea Figueira, John Foley, Clare Gallagher, Jerome Grant, Ailbhe Greaney, Karl Grimes, Ciara Harrison, Aoife Hester, Shane Hynan, Leeza Kane, Jennifer Kavangh, Dermot Kelly, Darragh Kerrigan, Kezia Levitas, Damien Long, James Lynch, Oana Sânziana Marian, Graeme McCormick, Cormac McMullan, Lisa Moyles, Muiris Moynihan, Róisín Murphy O’Sullivan, Aine Murphy, Donal Murphy, Liam Murphy, Kate Nolan, Emma O’Brien, Deirdre O’Connell, Miriam O’Connor, Niall O’Connor, Una O’Connor, Danielle O’Hora, Conor O’Mearain, Christopher O’Sullivan, Sarah Pabst, James Parkin, Milena Pernacova, John Peto, Aisling Phelan, Jonathan Porter, Clare Ellen Shanahan, Niamh Smith, Brian Sparks, Liz Stowe, Nigel Swann, Matthew Thompson, Seamus Travers, Robert Tull, Alice Sophie Turrell, Eric van Kampen, Sandra van Lucius, Ashish Verma,Ruby Wallis, Tra Walls, Dianne Whyte, Aaron Yeandle.