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Abbey Street, Dublin, 2015
By Talia Moscovitz
Photograph, archival inkjet print, 29.7cm x 42cm
1. This work is about . . . east and west, new artisan coffee shops and century-old pubs, street vendors and barristers, LBGT bars and Vietnamese noodles. Take a walk around the Northside and the many layers of contemporary Dublin culture will be revealed to you in a vivid, buzzing pastiche. The Dublin that was, the Dublin that is, and the Dublin that is becoming are all there on the streets, merging, overlapping and entwined.
2. I made this work because . . . I returned to Dublin this past summer after living away for several years, and I moved into a friend’s flat off of Capel Street. After years of bouncing between flats around Harold’s Cross, this was my first time experiencing the Northside as a resident. I was immediately inspired to photograph the clash of diverse of cultures and socioeconomic classes that intertwine along Abbey Street.
3. I hope when people see this work they will . . . recognise the challenging look in the boy’s eyes as the revealing of the confident sense of self and authority over public spaces that seems to go hand in hand with growing up in Dublin.
4. In terms of art history, this work . . . is an extension of the rich history of social documentary photography that has come out of Ireland over the past 30 years.
5. You can see my work . . . on my website, taliamoscovitz.com, and on Instagram, Talia Moscovitz.
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