The Alliance Française Dublin and Veolia Environnement
In partnership with Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh County Cork and The West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, West Cork
People of the Sea – Gens de la mer
Photographs by Gilles Perrin
Exhibition opens Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm in the presence of H.E. Emmanuelle d’Achon
Running: 7 October – 26 November 2011
The Alliance Française, Dublin in partnership with The Sirius Arts Centre and West Cork Arts Centre present “People of the Sea” an exhibition of documentary photographs of the Irish Fishing industry by French photographer, Gilles Perrin. These large format black and white images capture the lives of people working in maritime industries around the Cork coastline. Gilles Perrin selected his subjects by visiting harbours and piers
in locations such as Cobh, Baltimore, Schull and Castletownbere through the Artist in residency programme at Sirius Arts Centre and later by a similar residency position at the West Cork Arts Centre which took place during 2007 & 2008.
The photographs which comprise People of the Sea create a valuable document for Ireland illustrating and recording the lives of the families whose work has a history with the sea and make up this long standing vital
tradition in Ireland’s heritage. The images are made by a large format camera utilizing long exposure times.
Gilles Perrin is based in Paris, France and has a Master’s Degree in photography. For over 30 years Gilles has photographed extensively with large format cameras (4×5 and 8×10). His passion for photography has
taken him to Africa, Tibet, Finland, India, China, Peru and throughout Europe. His work has been exhibited inJapan, China, Syria, Egypt, USA and Europe. “People of the Sea” was first exhibited in 2010 at Sirius Arts
Centre and West Cork Arts Centre.
The photographs were printed in Cork at iophotoworks by Tony O’Brien . It was also made possible in part through art grants from Cork County Council and the Arts Council, Gilles’ wife, Nicole Ewenczyk, was also a key figure in the making of these images. For more information on Gilles Perrin please visit his website at: http://gilles-perrin.com.
Sirius Arts Centre and WCAC acknowledge the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.
Alliance Française de Dublin
1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-7.30pm
Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm/Saturday: 8.30am to 2pm