Mark Duffy “Vote No. 1”
The Irish landscape was littered with electoral campaign advertising during the recent European, local and national by-elections. ‘Vote No. 1′ documents this and examines the culture of election advertising in Ireland. The series focuses on the accidental, and often gruesome, disfigurements the electoral candidates’ faces suffer – an unintended consequence of their posters’ erection. These images reflect the Irish electorate’s increasing disillusionment with the political process after years of harshening austerity politics.
Mark believes that this series fits in greatly with the festivals theme of ‘Pursuit’ not only because the candidates depicted in the series are in pursuit of election and power but also because elections and the democratic process are the means by which we pursue a better society.
Mark Duffy is an Irish photographer based in London. He was recently honored with the 2014 Format Review Award and shortlisted for the 2014 Bourse du Talent. His photographs have been shown internationally including at The Mall Galleries (London), The Royal Hibernian Academy (Dublin) and the Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo (Oaxaca). His work has been published in diverse publications such as the Sunday Times, The British Journal of Photography and vice magazine. Mark works on both self-initiated projects and commissions.
The “Vote No. 1” exhibition is available to see outdoors, on Merkurijus wall (Laisvės av. and Daukanto str,) till 11 of October.