Caoimhín Gaffney: All at Once Collapsing Together

Saturday 8 June – Sunday 28 July 2024
 There is no weight I can't carry, medium format photograph, Caoimhín Gaffney, 2024 | Caoimhín Gaffney: All at Once Collapsing Together | Saturday 8 June – Sunday 28 July 2024 | Butler Gallery | Image: inverted (presumably) photo of a figure lying on rocks, probably by the seashore; we are viewing from the side and see the torso, head, long wavy reddish hair, and both arms stretched out ‘above’ the head (if the figure were standing, they would be above the head); on the back of the left hand there is a tattoo

Butler Gallery is very pleased to present All at Once Collapsing Together, a new body of work by Caoimhín Gaffney. Spanning across film, photography and writing All at Once Collapsing Together uses fiction to imagine new ways of relating to the natural world. Images throughout the exhibition act as mirrors to the healing and relief the environment can offer, with narratives fraught with climate anxiety interrupting and reframing these as temporary and fragile.

The film and texts are without traditional narratives or character arcs, aiming to create an unsettled terrain that reflects the uncomfortable emotions and sensations they discuss. The work asks us to consider how important natural sensory information is to our sense of self: what does it mean for a sound to go missing from our ecosystem? When we no longer hear our native birds, which parts of ourselves will be forgotten?

Caoimhín Gaffney is an artist, filmmaker and writer whose work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally. Notable solo exhibitions include the Crawford Art Gallery, Block 336 in London and the Contemporary Art Institute CAI02 in Sapporo. Gaffney’s films have screened at prestigious festivals including European Media Arts Festival, Cork Film Festival, and London Short Film Festival where they received the Little White Lies award.

Their international recognition includes being an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong residency in South Korea and receiving a Sky Arts scholarship. Gaffney holds an MA Photography and Moving Image from the Royal College of Art and obtained their PhD from Ulster University’s School of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences in 2022.

Note to Visitors to the exhibition: Every second screening of the film is presented with subtitles, and large-print versions of the text pieces are available through your mobile phone with a QR code reader.

Butler Gallery National Tour travelling to: Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.

Supported by: the Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Cavan Arts Office, Cavan County Council, Platform 31 and University of Atypical.

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Artist Caoimhín Gaffney in conversation with Pádraic E. Moore of Ormston House


Saturday 8 June – Sunday 28 July 2024
Butler Gallery
Evans' Home
John’s Quay, Kilkenny
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Admission / price: Free
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