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Impressions on tour: Trish Morrisey’s Front at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

Sat, 20th Jul, 2013

If you missed Trish Morrissey’s Front when it was first exhibited at Impressions in 2009, here’s another chance to see six of the acclaimed works at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in Cork as part of group exhibition Modern Famillies from 25 July to 3 November 2013.

Modern Families explores changing family relationships through artworks by Irish and international artists and investigates the new dynamics that have arisen through the expansion of the family unit.

Trish Morissey's Front
is a series of large scale colour photographs of very different groups of families and friends at various beaches around Britain and Australia.  At first glance they appear to be commonplace holiday snaps from any family album, but on closer inspection, one figure re-appears in every image: that of Morrissey herself in different guises. Working in collaboration with the groups she encounters, Morrissey usurps the mother figure, after whom each image is titled, to explore group identity and the conventions of family photography.

Morrissey recently selected the photograph Hayley Coles from Front for the Guardian’s online feature My Best Shot. She writes, ‘I swapped places with the woman, put on her ring, and she pressed the button. I had to get up to reset the camera between frames, so I only got two shots – that's highly risky. But this picture was one of those moments you can't plan. All of the elements came together: the light was just right, the family were beautiful and really into being involved. Then when I printed the photograph, I realised there was a perfect wave behind my head.’

Exhibition on tour at Lewis Glucksman Gallery 25 July to 3 November 2013.

Exhibition preview at Lewis Glucksman Gallery Wednesday 24 July 2013.

Hayley Coles, June 17th, 2006 © Trish Morrissey

Hayley Coles, June 17th, 2006 © Trish Morrissey