The Irish Museum of Modern Art presents a new body of work by the British photographer, Chloe Dewe Matthews.

The exhibition, Chloe Dewe Mathews: Shot at Dawn, which recently opened at IMMA, runs until 7th February 2016, and focuses on the sites at which soldiers from the British, French and Belgian armies were executed for cowardice and desertion during the First World War.

The project comprises images of twenty three locations at which the soldiers were shot or held in the period leading up to their execution, and an edited selection is shown at IMMA as part of this exhibition.

All the photos are seasonally accurate and were taken as close as possible to the precise time of day that the executions occurred.

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Dewe Matthews says that she spent many months researching the cases of soldiers who had been executed and used old courts-martial documents, aerial photographs and monastery diaries to pinpoint the exact locations where each man was shot.

In a statement about her work, Dewe Matthews said that she is “reinserting the individual into that space, stamping their presence back on the land so that their histories are not forgotten.”

Chloe Dewe Matthews is an award-winning artist based in London. Born in 1982, she studied fine art at Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Oxford before working in the feature film industry. She now dedicates herself to photography and her work is internationally recognised.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the IMMA website.

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Images courtesy IMMA; lead image Private James Crozier / 07:05 / 27.2.1916 / Le Domaine des Cordeliers, Mailly-Maillet, Picardie. C-print, 120 x 150 cm. © Chloe Dewe Mathews 2013.

Soldat Ahmed ben Mohammed el Yadjizy / Soldat Ali ben Ahmed ben Frej ben Khelil / Soldat Hassen ben Ali ben Guerra el Amolani/ Soldat Mohammed Ould Mohammed ben Ahmed 17:00 / 15.12.1914 / Verbranden-Molen, West-Vlaanderen. C-print, 120 x 150 cm.  © Chloe Dewe Mathews 2013.

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