Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare


Photographic exhibition/publication documenting abandoned buildings in rural County Clare, Ireland.

Abandoned Clare was a photographic series reflecting on the ruins of abandonment in County Clare. The images explore the economic and social factors that have forced the abandonment of the rural, and the effects this has on already vulnerable rural populations: poorer demographics, aging rural populations, loss of land management skills, knowledge and tradition, the loss of social and community structures and for some, the utopian dreams that played out in rural Clare before the post-2008 economic downturn. The intention was not to lament a lost utopian past but to stimulate, provoke and provide evidence of other ways of living, working and being in the world.

Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare was commissioned, produced and published by Gregory McCartney for Abridged, an ongoing publication for contemporary/ experimental poetry plus contemporary art, accompanied by texts by the artist and McCartney.

It was exhibited at at X-PO (2011) in Denver, USA as part of Hybrid I (2012) and in the Limerick City Gallery of Art group exhibition TENSE (2012) along with Deirdre’s film Airtime.

Abandoned Clare was supported by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award.

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  • X-PO, Kilnaboy, Co. Clare
  • Denver, USA
  • LCGA, Limerick