Anthony Haughey

Anthony Haughey lives and works in Ireland. He is an artist and lecturer/researcher in the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology where he is also a PhD supervisor at the Centre for Research in Transcultural Media Practice. He is an editorial advisor for the photographic journal Photographies published by Routledge (London).

He recently completed a three-year research fellowship at the Interface Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design at the University of Ulster where he recently completed a PhD. During his research fellowship in Belfast he organised public discussion forums around Art and Contested Spaces, and curated public art projects including, Art, Media and Contested Space, an international public art event, which included artists, Alfredo Jaar, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps and Wendy Ewald and Faisal Abdu’ Allah.

His work has been exhibited and collected internationally and is represented in public and private collections. Disputed Territory (2006) is a long-term project that examines conflicts over territory and identity in contemporary Europe. It is a quiet investigation into the slowly unfolding aftermath of conflict in Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo.

In addition to large-scale colour photographs, Disputed Territory includes a series of interventions using found photographs, and a sound/video installation piece, Resolution. For this work, Haughey focuses on the massacre at Srebrenica where an estimated 8000 Muslim men and boys ‘disappeared’ despite their being under the protection of the UN. Haughey worked directly with members of the International Centre for Missing Persons in Bosnia to produce the video piece and soundscape using researched testimonies from individuals who survived near death experiences during the conflict in Bosnia and Kosovo (installation acquired for the collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery) and a further piece purchased in 2010.

His recent work employs relational/dialogical aesthetics to explore notions of citizenship, migration and contested spaces. How to be a Model Citizen, (December 2008) was a participatory performance work with the Global Migration Research Network – a diverse group of asylum seekers and refugees who have worked with the artist for more than fouryears.

This work is reviewed in the current issue of CIRCA. Prospect (2008) was included in the international video art exhibition 2MOVE, curated by Mieke Bal and Miguel Harnandez-Navarro and explores personal stories and experiences of illegal immigrants attempting to reach ‘Fortress Europe’.

Recent exhibitions include a ‘live’ video artwork, part of the exhibition The Prehistory of the Crisis ll at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in July 2009. A photographic installation at Les Rencontres d’ Arles 09, and a video installation for ISEA 09, Belfast.

His work will be published in two forthcoming artists’ books and he will edit an anthology on art and contested spaces during 2012. His chapter contribution, ‘Imaging the Unimaginable’ was published in Projecting Migrations, Transcultural Documentary Practice, 2007 (eds.) Grossman & O’Brien, Wallflower Press) and his forthcoming chapter contribution, ‘Dislocations: Participatory Media with Refugees in Ireland and Malta’ will be published in New Media and Refugees: Forms and Issues of Participation, (2009), pub. Berghahn. He recently exhibited in Siberia, Singapore and Seoul. He recently curated a major international public art event: Art, Media and Contested Space in Belfast, N. Ireland during November 2008, which included artworks and presentations by Alfredo Jaar, Wendy Ewald, Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps. He is a member of Kuratorisk Aktion and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Think Tank Programme.