DIT BA Photography Graduate Exhibition is officially opened

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A balmy June evening in Temple Bar, Dublin, was the setting for the official opening of the DIT 2013 BA Photography Graduate Exhibition.

Guests viewed the work of 21 final-year students at the two venues, the Gallery of Photography and the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square.

Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, welcomed everyone to the event and praised the quality of work on display. He also wished the students well for the future.

The exhibition was officially opened by Dr Luke Gibbons, Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

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Dr Gibbons had given a talk on Jack B Yeats to students in DIT Mountjoy Square last year and is also a former lecturer at DIT.

Launching the exhibition, he spoke of some of the questions raised of photography as a medium and what constitutes human presence.

He said there was a recurrent motif in the exhibition – that of the face lost to view or turned away from the camera, hidden or blotted out.

Ann Curran, Programme Chair of the photography degree, thanked all the lecturers on the programme and the programme assistant, Ann Donohoe.

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She announced the result of the Inspirational Arts Award. Four students were deemed Highly Commended – Treasa O’Hanlon, Feena Kavanagh, Robert McCormack and Deirdre McGing.

The overall prize went to Patricia Klich, whose installation consisted of a number of related works that results from a deep meditation on the enduring presence of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The exhibition is a diverse collection of photographic work which represents the culmination of four years of study and features the photographic projects of 21 final year students. It runs until June 16 – for more details visit http://ditphoto2013.com/

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