Union

Bowler, Noel (2017) Union. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Noel Bowler’s expansive project ‘Union’ looks at the spaces of organised labour. ‘Union’ explores the meeting rooms and back offices at the coalface of the ideological war between labour and capital that has shaped our lives since the industrial revolution.
Mostly unpeopled, these interior spaces are quietly revealing. Some organisations occupy the simplest of functional spaces, others confidently demonstrate their rootedness within the established order of things, their spaces echoing the board rooms of corporate power. There is lightness of touch, too. The ZNP Union of Polish Teachers will convene in what is, in every sense, a classroom, complete with blackboard; while at The Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington DC even the chairs huddle in conference.
“It’s heartening to spend time with Bowler's quietly anchored work, to recognise the value and richness of all these sustained labours and understand that there are still sharp minds and strong hands ready to navigate difficult waters” – Ken Grant
Made over a 5-year period in trade union offices in 14 countries, the photographs offer us a glimpse into the places where the decisions and policies that affect so many are created. Bowler gives us a unique insight into the pressures and challenges facing unions in this era of political and economic uncertainty, radical changes in traditional work practices and increased worker insecurity. The work of the Union movement has never been so relevant for so many throughout Ireland and the world. This timely work continues Bowler’s ongoing consideration of the political forces that shape our world, reflected through the organisation of social space.

In conversation: Noel Bowler will discuss his work with photographer and writer Ken Grant on Thursday 6 April at 5pm. Admission is free, all welcome. Booking advised contact: info@galleryofphotography.ie
Launch event: The exhibition will be launched on Thursday 6 April at 6pm. Reception kindly supported by Teelings Whisky

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: photography, interior spaces, trade union
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Noel Bowler
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2021 14:09
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 14:09
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1860

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