Alan Phelan
Ana Núñez Rodríguez
April Gertler
Bryony Dunne
Dániel Szalai
Deirdre O’Mahony
Fiona Hallinan
Gê Viana
Greta Alfaro
Hans van der Meer
Hertta Kiiski
Jennie Moran
Jennifer Mehigan
Kevin Gaffney
Ksenia Yurkova
Lana May Fleming
Mary Lelo Thebe
Mathieu Asselin
Róisín White
Sheng-Wen Lo
The Center for Genomic Gastronomy
Vicki Thornton
Viktoria Schmid


PhotoIreland Festival Launch – 6pm Fri 2 July 2021, via Zoom

PhotoIreland Festival is a project by PhotoIreland.
Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council, The Office of Public Works, The Alliance Française Dublin, Frame Finland, Mondriaan Funds, Project Arts Centre, AEMI, GUP, Aesthetica, OVER Journal and the RTEE Supporting the Arts Scheme.

There is power in how we feed ourselves, with food being the cornerstone of cultures, ideologies, and principles. Eating or not eating can be an act of protest, feeding or not feeding — an act of control; food brings people together and pushes them apart. Through the presentation of current work and commissions, this year PhotoIreland Festival brings to local and international audiences selected artists exploring this contentious, yet every day, topic.

Taking its cue from current conflicts and affairs, the festival generates a discussion around complex social and global issues, with topics ranging from hospitality to colonisation, from hunger to overconsumption, trauma to technology, ethics to ideologies, to sustainability, and even surveillance capitalism. The programme does not claim an all-encompassing representation of food related issues, but is intended as a way to invoke specific questions, ideas, and research; it brings forth questions and considerations towards a conscious and informed consumption. We invite the audience to take a seat at our table and join the conversation on the politics and poetics of food.

For the month of July, PhotoIreland Festival brings together a programme presenting traditional and contemporary lens-based practices, alongside film and performance, serving a cornucopia of engaging and relevant material — with many works never seen before in Ireland — through exhibitions, talks, and an online critical cooking channel!


This year, the festival proposes four main exhibitions:
Milky Way
Bite The Hand That Feeds You
Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation
The Reading Room

Complementing these, visitors will enjoy a series of main events, with performances and talks delivered via this website and via Zoom such as:
◦ the Critical Recipes cooking channel
Artists Talks
Artist Films Screening in collaboration with aemi (artists and experimental moving image)
OVER Journal issue 2 launch

We have selected four exhibitions for our Featured section that we are sure you will enjoy, and twelve events and shows as part of the Open Programme, the most effervescent and varied side of the festival.

Don’t forget to check the What’s On Today page to plan ahead your visit or book any of the free events online. Bon Appetit!

Festival  Schedule

Thursday 1 July

Opening — Mathieu Asselin, Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation, at The Library Project until 31 July.
Opening — Milky Way, at Project Arts Centre until 4 July.
Opening — aemi Artist Film Screening starts, at


Friday 2 July

6pm — Festival Launch with interview Hertta Kiiski, via Zoom


Saturday 3 July

10am — Critical Recipes: Jennie Moran, via Critical Recipes Channel.


Monday 5 July

Opening — Bite the Hand that Feeds You, at Rathfarnham Castle until 31 July.


Wednesday 7 July

1pm — Artist Talk: Daniel Szalai and David Hunt, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Saturday 10 July

10am — Critical Recipes: April Gertler, via Critical Recipes Channel.


Wednesday 14 July

1pm — Artist Talk: Hans van der Meer and Niall Sargent, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).
8pm — Artist Talk: aemi with Kevin Gaffney, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Friday 17 July

6pm — Critical Recipes: Fiona Hallinan and Deirdre O’Mahony, via Critical Recipes Channel.


Sunday 18 July

2pm — Reading Room Talk: Dorothy Cashman, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Wednesday 21 July

1pm — Artist Talk Mathieu Asselin and Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Saturday 24 July

12pm — Online Check-In Session: Roisin White, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).
6pm — Critical Recipes: The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, via Critical Recipes Channel.


Sunday 25 July

2pm — Reading Room Talk: Ksenia Yurkova and Corina Apostol, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Wednesday 28 July

1pm — Artist Talk Sheng-Wen Lo and Maria Delaney, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Thursday 29 July

6pm — Launch of OVER Journal issue 2, via Zoom (Bookings opening soon).


Wednesday 31 July

6pm— Critical Recipes: Ana Núñez Rodríguez, via Critical Recipes Channel.



In addition to the main programme of exhibitions and talks, do not miss the four  Featured exhibitions selected this year, as much as the 12 propositions from the effervescent Open Programme.


Dublin City Council

OPW The Office of Public Works

Frame Finland

Mondriaan Fund

Alliance Francaise Dublin

Project Arts Centre


GUP Magazine


Aesthetica MagazinetAesthetica Magazine

RTE Supporting The Arts

Bite the Hand that Feeds You



Published on the occasion of the twelfth edition of PhotoIreland Festival, this limited edition publication will present a record and reflection of the month-long programme of events. In addition, readers will find exclusive texts and work, expanding on the conversations had during the festival. We invited a number of contributors to reflect on the theme of the festival and some of the artists presented.

Find out more and pre-order