This talk is a response by Photographer and Visual Artist, Mandy O’Neill to the current exhibition, Siam Through the Lens of John Thomson 1865–66. Zoning in on the portraits of Thomson and referencing her own portraiture, O’Neill will discuss the power dynamics involved in the exchange between photographer and subject, the importance of context and the spectator within this.
Based in Dublin, O’Neill’s current photographic practice draws on themes of youth, adolescence, and education, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. She has an MA in Public Culture Studies from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin and a BA in Photography from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She has been shortlisted for the Hennessy and Julia Margaret Cameron Awards and was the winner of the Zurich Portrait Prize 2018.
The talk will be followed by a wine reception
Location: Lecture Theatre Chester Beatty