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Northern Light - The David Kronn Collection

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Northern Light is drawn from the exceptional collection of photography developed by Dr David Kronn for over twenty-five years. The collection is a promised gift to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. This is the third exhibition from the collection. Texts from Pauline Vermare, Christina Kennedy and David Kronn explore the themes in the exhibition particularly relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and their impact on communities and children.

87 illustrations / 96 pages.

We are delighted to present Northern Light, the third exhibition at IMMA drawn from the exceptional collection of modern and contemporary photography put together by Dr David Kronn over the past twenty-five years. The David Kronn Collection is a promised gift to IMMA and comprises more than 1100 photographs ranging in content from 19th-century Daguerreotypes; works by icons of modern photography such as Irving Penn and Diane Arbus; as well as works by award-winning contemporary photographers such as David Goldblatt and Graciela Iturbide. This is the third exhibition from the Kronn Collection following presentations in 2011 and 2014 and marks a new donation of fifty works to the IMMA Collection.

Northern Light presents work by photographers that examines the history of the conflict in Northern Ireland specifically and places it alongside other contemporaneous events internationally. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union in 2021, it is an opportune time to reflect on the shared history of Ireland and the UK; 2021 also marks the centenary of the partition of this island and the civil war that ensued. In the hands of such accomplished artists including Gilles Caron, David Farrell, Tony O’Shea, Gilles Peress, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Rosalind Solomon, Chris Steele Perkins, Amelia Stein and Donovan Wylie, concepts of  borders (real or imagined) and the consequences of demarcating territory are engaged with incredible sensitivity and imagination.