Les Endormis (The Sleeping) by Stephen Gunning is the inaugural exhibition at North of Monster Truck.
In the spring of 2011, as artist in residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Gunning spent his time venturing into the streets and surrounding suburbs of Paris to photograph portraits and scenes of people sleeping against the urban landscape in a bid to explore the diversity of such a basic human experience.
While portrait photography more commonly captures expressions of the conscious mind that is aware of the camera’s presence, here we get a glimpse of the unconscious. Building this visual ethnography of “Paris Sleeping” by using only natural light, some of these images are deliberately framed and shot so that they look like paintings. The photos are set to a soundtrack, constructed from a collected recording of the organ at the Basilica Sacre Coeur, Paris, being tuned for a concert. The intentional intimacy of the photographic approach and the juxtaposition of image and sound builds drama from this dynamic.
North of Monster Truck
4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Gallery opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 6pm
Runs: Friday March 30th – Saturday April 21st. Preview Thursday 29th (6pm – 8pm)