Paddy Jolley: A Retrospective (And A Conversation)

A selection of works from Darklight Featured Artist Paddy Jolley; the screening will be followed by a public interview with Paddy Jolley, conducted by independent visual arts curator Aileen Corkery. Paddy Jolley was born in Co. Down in 1965 and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art Print from NCAD in 1989. Soon afterwards, he moved to Prague to concentrate on photography, and exhibitions around Europe followed.
In 1994, Jolley was awarded a scholarship to the the School of Visual Arts in New York where, while taking an M.A. in photography, he met the Alaskan-born filmmaker Reynold Reynolds. Their short film Seven Days ’til Sunday (1997) was the beginning of a collaboration which has resulted in an acclaimed series of films and installations, all characterised by dark humour and by a forlorn beauty which exerts an intense pressure on the presence and on the notion of the human, creating from human environments a world that is deeply unsettling yet never entirely unfamiliar. The Drowning Room (1999) and Burn (2001) were screened and honoured at film festivals worldwide, including Sundance and the New York Film Festival, while the installations which formed part of those works were also exhibited at several galleries in Europe and the US. As well as collaborating with Reynolds, Jolley has also created many solo pieces, working in photography, performance art and film. This work, which also pivots on the tension between the human and the habitable, between residue and possibility, has been widely represented internationally, including at the Cuban and Berlin Biennials (2000 and 2006), at PS 1 in New York and at San Luiis Potosi in Mexico. In 2002, he made the film Hereafter in response to the Ballymun regeneration project, and, in 2004, his feature film Sugar, another collaboration with Reynold Reynolds, was produced by Zanzibar films with funding from the Irish Film Board, the NIFTC and the Guggenheim Institute.


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