Exhibition – Lives Less Ordinary

On Friday, February 11th 2000 at 8.30 p.m., the exhibition Lives Less Ordinary was launched in Tulla Library. This photographic exhibition accompanies a book of the same name by Judy Kravis and Peter Morgan and the exhibition has been touring Ireland for the past year.

Lives Less Ordinary features thirty two portraits of people who represent a creative, dissident Ireland. They are artists, writers, map makers, weavers, water-diviners, teachers, environmentalists, farmers, woodcutters, gardeners, travellers and monks. Some continue ways of life that have existed for generations; others have chosen to live and work in ways that are experimentsl, exploratory, and always singular. The choices they have made prompt us to reflect on our own choices. These thirty two portraits in word and image provide an alternative view of the possibilities of life in Ireland, and a bracing antidote to the banalities of the consumer society.

Judy Kravis has published short fiction and poetry and given many readings of her work. She wrote the liberetto for the opera Hot Food with Strangers, which has been performed in London and Ireland. She teaches French literature at University College Cork and is the author of Teaching literature: writers and teachers talking (1995).

Peter Morgan is an artist whose work is in many public and private collections, including The Arts Council of Ireland, University College, Cork, and the Tate Gallery, London. He has made commissioned video projections for the UCC Gamelan Orchestra and Daghda Dance Company. He teaches photography and video at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

There are three Clare features in the exhibition. Pat Liddy, a water-diviner from Tulla is one of those featured while the others are Arthur and Judith Watson and Joe Comerford, film maker. The exhibition, organised by the Arts Office of Clare County Council, will be travelling to libraries throughout Clare over the coming weeks. It will be in Tulla from February 7th – 24th, Kilrush from February 29th – March 9th, Ennistymon from March 14th – 24th, Corofin from March 27th – 31st and Ennis from April 4th – 13th.

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