Aoife Shanahan

Aoife Shanahan received her MFA in Photography from the Belfast School of Art (2018). Her work is driven by a strong interest in camera-less photography. She creates unique images, often utilising labour-intensive techniques stemming from the 19th century origins of photography. Her experimental approach towards traditional analogue materials allows her to explore their expressive possibilities and to question their contemporary relevance in a digital era.

Her project OXYgen is a series of unique photograms made from the drug Oxycontin®, a strong narcotic and the prime suspect in the current opioid crisis. She questions the nature of photographic representation and attempts to devise an alternate approach of communication that challenges and probes traditional modes of viewing. This work explores how abstraction and reality can combine to become an extremely powerful tool, with the ability to communicate context and politics.

Her work has been exhibited internationally. Recent exhibition venues include The Royal Hibernian Academy, Green on Red Gallery, The Centre for Fine Art Photography (Colorado) and The Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston). She was the recipient of the 2016 RHA Curtin O’Donoghue Emerging Photographic Artist Award.

Aoife lives and works in Dublin.


New Beginnings: Jun 28  – Aug 17 2018
A Fine Line: 8 April - 13 May 2016

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