The Other Room

6th – 31st July 2012
PhotoIreland Festival 2012

Ciara O’Halloran

The Other Room is an investigation of a newly developed allotment in Clonsilla, Dublin. The aim of the project is to highlight the activities of allotment gardening in Irish society. It also shows the processes, ritualistic characteristics and the overall ‘strangeness’ of the space. This project calls attention to this unrecognized space and the activities that are on- going here, making a previously irrelevant space, in terms of its use and it’s interest, a visually intriging location that draws in the attention of the viewer.

The processes documented in the photographs reflect the challenges which the gardeners and allotmenteers try to overcome while developing their plots and the constant struggle in the battle to reclaim the land from nature while simultaneously trying to produce and cultivate nature. The ritualistic characteristics which have been documented include the weekly activities of the gardeners to maintain their perimeters and keep their land free from weeds.

Image: Chestnut photographic print 2011