“On Leaving” Photographer
talks about documenting Irish migration
Free and open to the public
Solas Nua presents Irish photographic artist David Monahan at two venues April 23 and 24 to talk about his multi-year project On Leaving, a major photographic study of Irish people who are emigrating for economic reasons. Starting in 2010, Monahan took 84 portraits of 120 Irish men and women on the night before they left Ireland, possibly forever. The first phase, Leaving Dublin, has been exhibited as a projection in 13 cities worldwide.
Monahan is now traveling the world to photograph his “sitters” for a second time in their new homes as part of a broader piece, On Leaving. Monahan says of his subjects, “They are making a huge jump into the void of uncertainty and this needs to be commemorated perhaps like never before.”
Monahan will speak Wednesday April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Catholic University's Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Event details here.
On Thursday April 24 at 6:30 p.m., Solas Nua and Irish Network DC are teaming to present Monahan at the Georgetown Irish pub Rí Rá, at 3125 M St. NW. Admission is free and the discussion will continue after the talk. Event details here.