Martina Mullaney – Turn In
We live in a time when one third of the adult population live alone, a figure which is predicted to increase. Many single dwellers view this as a favourable way to live, while for others it represents a miserable existence. For Martina Mullaney, a young photographer living in South Wales, the impact of loneliness, manifest in so many aspects of life, is the main thrust of her work.
One of the most devastating effects of a period of homelessness in someone’s life can be the loneliness, often the key factor contributing to depression and despair. Turn In engages clients at hostels and night shelters in a series of photographic dialogues, exploring their own itinerant experience. In parallel to this Mullaney is making a series of photographic works in the hostel environment, which respond metaphorically to notions of isolation and remoteness. These highly charged, but subtle photographs will form the basis of an exhibition on the streets of Cardiff, an appropriate venue given the subject matter. The images will be displayed in the illuminated Adshel poster sites found in prominent city centre locations, often bus shelters and other very public sites. Contrary to its theme, her work comprises lavish and elegant large-scale colour prints. These luminous, seductive images, displayed in place of graphic advertisements, initially read as just that; yet upon closer inspection the photographs reveal evidence of alienation and melancholy. Here the detritus of occupation in the form of graffiti, scant belongings and the stark, staid atmosphere of an institution are omnipresent.
Martina Mullaney is an Irish artist currently living and working in Newport, South Wales. She studied Documentary Photography at the School of Art, Media and Design UWCN. In 1999 she was commissioned by the British Council to participate in the third International Artist Gathering, Sri Lanka. Her recent work Dinner for One, a series of photographic images that address loneliness through the decline of the daily evening meal has toured Britain and Ireland.
A 48-page full colour publication accompanies the exhibition.