Artist Conor Clinch’s ‘Ryan as Klaus’ is part of a vivid new exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery exploring everyday life through photography. Photo: Courtesy of Vogue Italia

Exhibition promises to saturate the senses

The Crawford Art Gallery has announced a major exhibition of contemporary photography from a new generation of artists.

The exhibition, ‘Saturation: the everyday transformed’ explores people’s everyday lives through the use of colour as a way to heighten moods, experiences and emotional states. Embracing aspects of street, music and fashion photography with elements of the documentary tradition, the exhibition makes for a display that is light-hearted, if sometimes claustrophobic, celebratory but also conscious of the fragility, as well as the beauty, of human life.

Where the preceding generation of photographic artists showed a bias towards landscape or place as subject matter, this next generation of artists have put humanity in all its colourful and gloriously messy complexity at the very centre of their work.

Curators William Laffan and Dawn Williams said: “We are delighted to be working with thirteen extraordinarily talented artists who push the boundaries of colour in their photography as they transform everyday life into art.”

The exhibition will run from 29 January-26 June and features work by Dragana Juriši, Ruth Medjber, Michael Hanna, Eva O’Leary, Pádraig Spillane, Conor Clinch, Hazel Coonagh, Megan Doherty, Cáit Fahey, Audrey Gillespie, Vittoria Colonna, Ayesha Ahmad and Niamh Swanton.