Gallery of Photography
17 cm x 24 cm
Making Space provides a unique record of the expansion and development of Islam in contemporary Ireland. Noel Bowler’s photographs reveal the quiet transformation of residential, industrial and rural locations into spaces where Ireland’s Muslim communities gather to pray. Making Space enriches our collective culture, gently persuading us to engage with these places and what happens, daily and weekly, in them. It is a timely counterpoint to contemporary global culture’s paranoia concerning the spread of Islam. With a subtle, spare aesthetic, Bowler’s images testify to the ways in which our everyday surroundings can provide the setting for spiritual experience.