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FIX, Hang Tough

FIX, Hang ToughFix
Various Artists
Hang Tough


Edition 169/300
36 pages
170 x 240 mm
ISBN Not Available


This photobook supports the exhibition at Hang Tough Contemporary from which it gets its name, which took place in 2019. A sense of place is hard to pin down in the work presented. Locations range from the West of Ireland to the commuter suburbs of Dublin and as far as New York and Japan. Place becomes unimportant, as a collective atmosphere takes hold that blurs the lines of real and imagined and carries the viewer through on a dream like journey. While all artists are rooted in Ireland, each seeks to push and reach beyond so called definitions of identity by subverting or challenging what this means. Underlying themes emerge of longing and uncertainty alongside moments of beauty and celebration. FIX temporarily brings these artists together where their varying practices connect and play off the possibility they each pose to each other. The book features the following artists, who were represented in the exhibition: Ciarán Óg Arnold, Cáit Fahey, Rich Gilligan, Johnny Savage and Megan Doherty.

About the Artists
Ciarán Óg Arnold (b. 1977, Ballinasloe) is an Irish photographer. He hold an MFA in Photography from the University of Ulster, and concentrates on documentary photography, capturing familiar surroundings – including the place where he grew up.

Cáit Fahey is a visual artist and photographer from Dublin. Her photographs have been exhibited in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, London, Paris and Berlin. Her work is filled with atmosphere, strong colours and unexpected perspectives. A sense of serenity can be felt in her work, which often depicts details of architecture or nature that might usually be overlooked.

Rich Gilligan grew up in Dublin, Ireland fascinated with skateboarding and music. He began making his own zines as a teenager and worked as a skate photographer for a variety of publications worldwide. He now shoots a wide range of commissioned projects while continuing to pursue his personal work. Rich is currently based between Ireland and NYC.

Johnny Savage is a photographer and lecturer from Co. Kildare. In 2018 he completed an MFA in Photography at University of Ulster, Belfast. He also holds a BA in Documentary Photography from University of Wales, Newport (2004). His first photobook, Fallout, was published in 2014, which was followed by the self-published title White Horses in 2018. Savage lectures on photography at Griffith College Dublin.

Megan Doherty is a photographer currently based in Derry, Northern Ireland. A graduate of the University of Ulster, Doherty’s work uses a variety of mediums to create alternate realities that celebrate youth, subculture, and freedom.

About the Publisher
Now in its eleventh year, Hang Tough is a gallery and studio based in Dublin.  2021 marked the emergence of a dedicated gallery space located on Exchequer Street called Hang Tough Contemporary.

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