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Krass Clement Exhibition 'The Light Gleams an Instant'


Krass Clement Exhibition 'The Light Gleams an Instant'

Our current exhibition will be closing in 16 days. This beautiful exhibition has been extended by popular demand and will now close on January 28th.

'Pictorially, Clement has a great instinct for telling facial expressions and bodily attitudes, and a liking for expansive atmospheric backgrounds' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times.

Krass Clement - The Light Gleams an Instant
16th Nov 2017 - 28th Jan 2018

Gallery of Photography warmly invite you to renowned artist Krass Clement’s exhibition that will display photographs from Clement's seminal 1991 work 'Drum' and be the world premiere of previously unseen work made by Clement in Dublin in 1991.

Born in Copenhagen, Krass Clement’s photographic work emerges from two traditions: The Scandinavian melancholy on the one hand and the 'flaneur' tradition from the Parisian school on the other. Clement's work originates from a fertile and imaginative thought processes more concerned with reflecting interior states of mind than with documenting 'real' life situations, His dark, stripped back aesthetic combines with a stream of consciousness approach to evoke introspective, psychological landscapes that sit somewhere between fiction and reality.

Clement's seminal 1991 work Drum opens in a darkening and foggy town, with a workday ending and some men heading off for a drink. Through subtle shifts in focus and a masterful filmic sequencing, the book comes to concentrate on one principal character in the shadowy pub: a hunched, weather-beaten old man sitting alone with his drink. The work is a quiet, dusky meditation on community, the outsider, alienation and the terrors of being alone. Photographed in a small pub in Drum, County Monaghan on a single evening and with only a few rolls of film (and a rumored “five pints of Guinness”), Clement created one of the most important contributions to the international canon of contemporary photo books. A virtually unobtainable and therefore highly sought-after photo book, this exhibition will be the first showing of Clement’s masterwork in Ireland.

We are delighted to host the world premiere of previously unseen work made in Dublin in 1991. Continuing Clement’s concern with the exploration of place as reflection of the inner psyche, the work presents a view of Dublin at odds with itself – contrasting the lively theatre of street life with melancholic empty streetscapes. Both bodies of work were made during a visit to Ireland by Clement as part of a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annamakerrig, County Monaghan in 1991. A new book of this work Dublin has been published by RRB Photobooks to coincide with the exhibition available at a special exhibition price of €45

Our related Drum: Portrait of a Village programme in Drum village on 17 & 18 November is organised in partnership with Monaghan County Council Heritage Office. Supported by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; The Heritage Council of Ireland; Tyrone Guthrie Annaghmakerrig Centre; Statens Kunstfonds the Danish Arts Foundation and the Embassy of Denmark. The Gallery of Photography is supported by Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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