(Waterloo Road, Dublin from the Talking About Paying for Sex series by Irish artist Hugh McElveen.)
This weekend we visited Dublin to view PhotoIreland 2013 exhibitions. One of the most powerful and interesting exhibits was Hugh McElveen’s Talking about Paying for Sex at BIO.SPACE 033. As the title states, McEvleen’s work focuses on opening up a dialogue about the current debate in Ireland concerning the legislation and regulation of the sex industry.
To begin with, the location of the gallery itself lends to the discussion McElveen is seeking: it is located on Charles Street, just off of the commercial and tourist centres of Dublin in a somewhat run-down looking residential area. The point here is that it is difficult to notice or find without purposely looking for it. This theme is central then to the large images that fill the small exhibition space – surveillance-like panoramas of locations in…
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