The Flats: Pearse House: Village In The City, A dually located photographic exhibition by award-winning photographic artist Jeanette Lowe

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Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn will officially launch the photographic exhibition, Pearse House: Village In The City this Friday, 30th August, at the National Photographic Archive Gallery, Temple Bar at 6 p.m.

Dually located in the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar, and also 3B Pearse House - a wonderfully re-created 1930s flat in Pearse House Flats, the exhibition showcases the people and environment of the flats through artist Jeanette Lowe’s beautiful contemporary photographs exhibited alongside hundreds of old photographs contributed by locals.

At the NPA, Lowe brings elements of the flats into the Temple Bar venue. Here, she has built a ‘ring’ or tree guard, complete with concrete base and live tree, in order to re-create one of the places where Pearse House Flats residents met to talk, rest or play cards. Lowe has also painted the gallery stairs in a version of ‘Corporation Green’, complete with graffiti to represent the stairwells found in the flats. All memories from visits to her grandmother in the flats as a child.

In Flat 3b Pearse House (located about 1.5kms from the NPA) she has re-created a flat in a 1930s style installation. Photographs of current and former residents adorn the ‘granny print’ wallpapered walls, while antique furniture and bare wooden floors serve to create a genuinely authentic sense of the period.

This exhibition brings us on a journey, literally and historically and allows us to engage, as Lowe wants us to, with one of Dublin’s oldest communities, a hidden ‘Village in the City’

Dublin City Council proudly sponsor the exhibition. It will run in both venues until 6th October.

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Notes to the Editor:

The exhibition began life when a childhood memory urged Lowe to re-visit the darkened hallways and sun-filled balconies of her mother and grandmother’s lives. Her grandmother was one of the first residents of Pearse House. Since then she has seen a photographic portrait of two young boys from the flats exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London, and held a hugely successful exhibition ‘The Flats: Memories; Perceptions; Reality’ in 2012. Here she converted a flat in Pearse House into a gallery. The exhibition won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the PhotoIreland 2012 Festival. 

Pearse House: Village in the City, builds upon Lowe’s original concept, and  true to form, she delivers another very original and unique spectacle where she actually brings elements of the flats into the gallery. By building a ‘ring’ or tree guard complete with concrete base and live tree she re-creates one of the places from the flats where people met to talk, rest or play cards in years gone by. A red cooker, found in a recently vacated flat stands beside a photograph of it in its original setting. The artist has also painted the stairs of the gallery in a version of ‘Corporation Green’ complete with graffiti to represent the stairwells found in the flats.

But the experience does not stop there. Lowe wants us to engage with the people of the flats and invites us into Pearse House itself to see how her grandmother might have lived in a wonderfully re-created 1930s flat. Photographs, of current and past residents, adorn the ‘granny print’ wallpaper and antique furniture and bare wooden floors create a genuinely authentic sense of past times.

The exhibition is also located in flat 3b Pearse House. Both run until 6th October.

A Gathering event to accompany the exhibition will take place in Pearse House Flats on 6th Sep at 6pm.

About the Artist:

Jeanette Lowe is a contemporary photographic artist who was born and lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has previously had careers in Marketing, Communications and Digital Media. She studied photography and digital imaging and art at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), and holds a degree in Marketing and an MA in Creative Digital Media from DIT. She has had photographs exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin (2010-12). She has had solo and group exhibitions in Dublin. 

Jeanette’s association with the Pearse House flats goes back to her grandmother Bridget Ashmore who was one of the first residents in the 1930s. Bridget and her family were re-housed in Pearse House when their small cottage located on the site was knocked down to build the flats.  Bridget or ‘Birdy’ as she was known raised a family of thirteen in a two bedroom flat, one of which was Jeanette’s mother Anne.

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