Dunree debate on Ireland’s place in Europe

Artist Damaso Reyes pictured with curator Rebecca Strain at 'The Europeans' exhibition in Dunree

Artist Damaso Reyes pictured with curator Rebecca Strain at ‘The Europeans’ exhibition in Dunree

The former Treaty Port at Fort Dunree will host a panel discussion on the future of Europe and Ireland’s place in it  this Saturday night, 9 May from 6pm.

The debate is being hosted by Artlink to mark a major photography and multi-media exhibition under way in the Saldahna Gallery at Fort Dunree, and the public are invited to attend and contribute to the debate.

The exhibition is entitled ‘The Europeans’ and is by American photographer and multi-media artist Damaso Reyes who is documenting how Europe and its people are changing as the EU expands and adapts in an ever-changing world.

Mr Reyes will participate in the Saturday’s panel discussion, which will also include, amongst others, MEP Marian Harkin and Artlink’s Declan Sheehan. Damian Dowds, editor of the Inishowen Independent, will moderate the discussion.

The exhibition features prints as well as multimedia audio-visual pieces produced by Mr. Reyes from material he has gathered over the last ten years from European countries including Germany, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ukraine. Mr. Reyes’ intimate explorations of life in contemporary Europe seeks to unveil the often untold ways in which politics, culture and identity intersect in the lives and communities across the continent.

“I hope that my work will add to the discourse around how Europe is evolving,” says Mr. Reyes. “We always see leaders in the newspapers, but we also need to hear the voices and see the faces of those affected by the laws they make. As a journalist, I’m very interested in what the teacher, the farmer and the waitress are experiencing. The function of documentary work is not to simply record what is happening in the moment but to consider the context as well.”

Mr Reyes’ exhibition opened at Fort Dunree Military Museum last weekend and has been well-attended since then.

It is open daily, 10.30am-4.30pm on weekdays and 1-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.


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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.