Immediate Money (Dublin Docklands)
Series of 8 digital prints mounted on LED light panels, 42x59.7cm, 2009
Eight Dublin buskers (street musicians) were transplanted from their usual street-scapes, typically teeming with social life, to the newly regenerated Dublin Docklands. Each musician was photographed against particular backdrops within this new ‘city quarter’. The informal street level micro-economy of the busker is contrasted with the speculative, credit-dependent facades of the new Dublin. The images were taken in the hyper-realist style of architectural photography which typically is depopulated and represents buildings as singular, idealised entities. Within this genre, the busker and their practice seems as an imposition, an anomaly or a trespasser within the urban.
This work was commissioned as part of the Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
Phonecall to Dublin Docklands Development Authority