Irish artists Diarmait Grogan and William Hamilton spent a year in Shanghai, culminating in a shared photographic portrayal of the city.
The result of this stay, Shanghai Ritual, is an atmospheric study of place and displacement, set in the largest city proper in the world in 2013.
The images present an imaginary city, the combined impressions of two artists who sought to consolidate their conflicting senses of disconnection and empathy while living abroad. Ultimately, it is a tribute to a vibrant city, caught between times, that will soon be changed forever.
Both Hamilton and Grogan graduated from IADT in 2008, and have since exhibited widely. Between them they have participated in local and international arts festivals including Westport Arts Festival, First Fortnight, PhotoIreland, Eva+ and Format Festival.
William’s project ‘I Am Alive’ dealt with the aftermath of suicide attempts, and was acclaimed for its sensitivity and positivity in dealing with this important subject.
Diarmait’s project ‘New Way Home’ has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. He was included in ‘Blow Your Mind’, an exhibition curated by Blow Magazine featuring emerging Irish photographers in the Irish Embassy in Berlin, as part of the European Month of Photography, 2012.
The exhibition Shanghai Ritual runs from Sunday 5th to Sunday, 12th July at The MART in Rathmines, Gallery 1+2; open from 1 – 6pm.
190a, Rathmines Road Lower
Lead image courtesy Diarmait Grogan Photography