Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland, focused on extended photographic stories that examine the nature of identity.
Drawn to "in-between" places, she is intrigued by the effects of shifting histories of areas in flux. Nolan collaborates with local communities over extended periods to give a voice to these changes. Her work combines still and moving images with the stories of individuals. Through these inquiries, she begins to highlight the latent contradictions and tenuous relationships between political borders and cultural identity.
Her latest project LACUNA, is a multi-disciplinary project considering the contemporary experience, physical and psychological impact of the border. Focusing on the small village of Pettigo, which straddles the border between Donegal and Fermanagh, the Republic and Northern Ireland and soon Europe and the UK. LACUNA was nominated for the Prix Pictet photography prize and selected for New Irish Works 2017. LACUNA's first solo show was in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland in September - October 2017 and is currently touring in Ireland.
Nolan’s work has been featured in a wide range of photography publications and exhibited in solo and group shows in Ireland and internationally. Neither, her long-term work exploring the lives of women in Kaliningrad, Russia won the Alliance Française Photography Award 2013, Magnum Graduate Award 2015, and was nominated for Foto Book Festival Kassel's Best Photobook of 2014. Neither was published as an artist book in September 2014.
Her work is held in public and private collections in Japan, USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, UK and Ireland.
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Sep 2019 Market Place Arts Centre Armagh, LACUNA solo exhibition, new works, Armagh, Co. Armagh.
Mar 2020 The Digital Hub. Exhibition as result of 8 month artist-in-residence in the Digital Hub, Dublin 8.
2018-2020 Walkers Photographer-in-Residence, Dublin, Ireland. Selected for the first Photographer-in-Residence programme supported by Walkers and Docklands Art Fund run by Business to Arts.
Sep 2019 - Mar 2020 The Digital Hub - Selected as artist-in-residence in the Digital Hub, Dublin 8 with an exhibition in March 2020.
Apr-May 2019 Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA. Selected for artist residency in Headlands to continue work and research around borders.
2019 Artist in Residence, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.
Sep 2018 Nida Art Colony, Lithuania. Selected for The Baltic Sea: a Liquid Memorial residency responding to the border space of the Curonian Spit with Lithuanian, Russian and Dutch artists. Led by Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz.
Jun-Aug 2017 Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland. Selected for summer artist's studios to support the preparation for my solo exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
May 2019 Field Notes from the Border #3 - LACUNA, group exhibition, Nerve Centre Gallery, Derry, Ireland.
Mar 2019 Field Notes from the Border #1 - LACUNA group exhibition, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.
Nov 2018 Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Neither exhibition as part of the 100th year anniversary of Russian women's right to vote, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Jul - Sept 2018 Gallery of Photography, LACUNA new works, Reframing the Border, Dublin, Ireland.
Jul 2018 An Gailearaí, LACUNA solo exhibition, Gweedore, Donegal, Ireland
Apr - May 2018 Remote Photo Festival, LACUNA exhibition Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland.
Sep - Oct 2017 Gallery of Photography, LACUNA solo exhibition. Dublin, Ireland.
Jun 2017 New Irish Works, LACUNA presentation and publication in The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
Oct 2016 In Residence II, LACUNA screened in Oliver Sears Gallery exhibition of modern & contemporary Irish art in London, England.
Oct 2016 leboudoir2.0, LACUNA screened on the occasion of the Monat der Fotografie-Off in Berlin, Germany.
Aug 2016 Landskrona Foto, Neither part of View Ireland at Landskrona, Sweden.
June 2016 ART WORKS, Carlow Arts Festival, LACUNA, Carlow, Ireland.
June 2016 Locate Iraq, The Cut Tells its Own Tale was selected for KoProjects exhibition.
May 2016 A Day in May, Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland.
Nov 2015 Photo Katmandu, Neither, Katmandu, Nepal.
June 2015 Fotobook Festival Kassel, Nominated for best photobook of 2014.
June 2015 Belfast Photo Festival Neither has been selected for the the 2015 festival, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
May 2018, feature and interview on LACUNA by Pavel Barter for Sunday Times, Ireland.
December 2017, LACUNA reviewed by Rebecca O'Dwyer for Source Photographic Review magazine, N Ireland.
November 2017, LACUNA reviewed by Justin Carville for Visual Artists Ireland Newsheet, Ireland.
October 2017, LACUNA reviewed by AIdan Dunne for Irish Times.
June 2015, Neither reviewed by Lucia de Stefani for TIME Lightbox, USA.
May 2015, Neither reviewed by Daniel Jewsbury for Source, Belfast.
February 2015, Neither reviewed by Diane Smyth for Photomonitor, UK
February 2015, Neither reviewed by Darren Campion for Inherent Light Journal, Ireland
Oct 2014 Featured photographer in Firecracker for October, UK
Sept 2014 Self-published artists book, Neither, Dublin, Ireland
Aug 2014, Featured in European Prospects, in association with Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Fotosommer Stuttgart, the Lithuanian Photographers Association in Kaunas and Le Château d’Eau in Toulouse
Feb 2014 Neither selected for portrait feature, Landscape Stories, UK