The Invention of Memory

So happy to be exhibiting the turf prints in Dublin for the first time. Curated by Julia Gelezlova as part the 10th PhotoIreland Festival, The Invention of Memory is opening this Saturday, May 4th in beautiful Rathfarnham Castle.

An excerpt from the curatorial text:
"With Beyond the ninth wave, Yvette Monahan further uncovers inherent, and deep-rooted memories from the wounded Irish landscape. Using an early photographic process, she directly transmits the knowledge and data of the collected turf onto paper and to the viewer. The presented triptychs, these direct screams from the cut land - almost like an open-heart surgery, reveal thousands of years of trauma, colonised, sexual, and religious repression, anguish and strain. Yet the images produced feel sympathetic, creating some beautiful, mysterious melody, a lyrical scream, a crescendo for a landscape ready to shed its past."

Winter Papers 4

Big fan of Winter Papers so was over the moon to be asked to contribute to the 4th edition, published October, 2018.
Was inspired by Rosie O'Reilly's work on Octopuses so collaborating with her was epic.

Short-listed for National Portrait Prize

Delighted to be shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize 2018 and exhibiting in the National Gallery was a dream


Great to be featured on Photomonitor September 2018.
Big thanks to Christiane Monarchi who is always so supportive and encouraging.

Visual Carlow

Encountering the Land - VISUAL Carlow, Summer 2018

Beyond View - Belfast Exposed

Turf prints part of 10 year anniversary of Photography at UU, March 2018

Beyond View brings together twenty-five photographers, marking the ten-year anniversary of the Photography Department at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. As students, graduates and staff of the BA, MFA and Phd Photography programmes, these photographers provide us with a contemporary perspective on place. A continual challenge within all art practice, and particularly within the photographic practice, is the ability to locate a place, which speaks both within and beyond itself. Curated by Belfast Exposed, the origins of this exhibition lie within a question posted by the Belfast School of Art Photography Department, which seeks to determine the photographic voice via the ways in which we locate or dislocate that voice.

Belfast Exposed has a rich and varied understanding of the photography graduates of Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art, having represented a number of them since the launch of the Belfast Exposed Futures programme in 2015. It understands that being a young photographer, belonging to the future, has very little to do with actual age. It has to do with qualities that allow the photographer to use the medium of photography in a way that illuminates the now. Beyond View provides a nod to that which is beyond the now, out of view, that which lies ahead even. This is of course the unknown and it reminds us that photography’s contradictory relationship with time renders it permanently in the past, while continually aiming at the future. The same might also be said of education. As such, this exhibition, whilst marking ten years of a Photography Department, does not strive to be a summary of the work produced during those ten years. It is, in fact, acutely conscious of how much is absent in what is present.

  • Ailbhe Greaney, Lecturer in Photography, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University

Tulca 2017

October 2017
Was so thrilled to be asked to be part of TULCA 2017 by the curator Matt Packer.
I made new work on the uninhabited island of Inishfree, Co. Donegal over the summer.
The new work includes colour images and lumen prints made with turf.
Exhibition starts on November 3rd.

More info here

Irish Times and Arena

'Photographer Yvette Monahan visited Inishfree. Her landscape studies suggest an environment possessed, even haunted, by uneasy memories. The uncanny note is echoed in a series of lumen prints made with sods of turf from the island'.

5 star review in the Irish Times of Tulsa 2017 by Aidan Dunne

Few mentions on Arena in chat with Matt Packer

Artist talk - GMIT

will be talking mainly about landscape and memory and how to make prints from turf!

Tulca installation

November 2017

Some installation shots of the exhibition in the Connaught Tribune Building, Galway as part of Tulca 'They call us the screamers'.

Models Rosie O'Reilly and Colm O'Ciosog
Photo by Sean Breithaupt

Photo 50 and BBC

January, 2017

Photo 50 at the London Art Fair

Capturing the teenage years on the BBC

Photo 50 London Art Fair

January 2017
Was delighted to be asked to take part in Photo 50 at the London Art Fair. The theme this year was 'Gravitas' and Christiane chose The thousand year old boy to be part of this impressive exhibition.

Photo50 will be returning for the next edition of London Art Fair for the series entitled ‘Gravitas’ exhibiting the works of thirteen photographic and lens-based artists. Curated by Christiane Monarchi, founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, the annual, guest-curated exhibition provides a critical showcase of some of the most innovative and distinctive elements of contemporary photographic practice.

‘Gravitas’ is inspired by the Latin word denoting ‘depth of character’ or ‘solemnity’, and associated with the transition of the ancient Roman youth from boyhood to adult life. The 50 works presented in Photo50 provide a window into the worlds of adults-in-waiting, framing fleeting moments in their development between childhood and maturity with lived experience and memory. Potential narratives encompass a vast range of themes including identity formation, play, mental health, obesity, LGBT* culture, masculinity and femininity, role models, as well as looking at subcultures and the impact of the connected world on teenage experience.

Christiane Monarchi says: ‘It is fascinating to consider the many forces shaping the interior world of children and adolescents as they enter the adult world today, as portrayed by this selection of lens-based artists. I’m interested in the simultaneous endeavour of older photographers looking in on adolescence from the outside, while other younger artists are reflecting on this formative period in life having recently emerged from it.’

RHA Vue - Savills Art Prize

November 2016

Belfast Exposed Futures

August 2016

I was over the moon to be asked by Ciara Hickey to be part of Belfast Exposed Futures last summer.
The summer has come around quickly again and The Futures exhibition of The Thousand year old boy opens on Friday August 5th.
Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six early career artists a year in a series of solo shows and aims to promote these artists on an international level by creating significant opportunities for the artists to build their careers.

Belfast Exposed Futures is generously supported by the Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland, The British Council and The Directory.

To accompany this exhibition we have produced a limited edition A2 poster print available to buy at £40. Please contact ciara@belfastexposed to reserve your print.

Prix Pictet

Massive thanks to Tanya Kiang and Trish Lambe from The Gallery of Photography Dublin for nominating The thousand year old boy for this years Prix Pictet award, really honoured to be one of the Irish photographers in the mix.

Belfast Exposed Futures at Photo London

The festival brought together a community of local Peckham artists and art spaces, as well as a number of invited guests from the UK and Europe. In keeping with the area’s growing reputation as one of London’s most exciting contemporary art destinations, the selected exhibitions showcased a diverse range of practices from some of today’s cutting- edge talent. Exhibiting artists include Ciaran Og Arnold, Jo Dennis, Tom Lovelace, Ryan Moule, Jamie Shovlin and 3 artists from the 2016/17 Belfast Exposed Futures programme (Aisling McCoy, Yvette Monahan & Andrew Rankin).

For Peckham 24 Belfast Exposed presented an exhibition by three Irish photographers whose work explores the mythologies surrounding particular sites or landscapes. Working across a range of photographic approaches and subjects, each artist takes as their starting point a specific geographical location. These locations were presented as a series of psychological spaces imbued with memory and emotion; residual elements left over from the inertia of past events. This exhibition made an enquiry into the human desire to ascribe meaning to our environment, how we experience our surroundings and the role of landscape in the invention of myth.

New Irish Works

Photoireland New Irish Works

New Irish Works 2016

A jury of 23 professionals reviewed over the last two weeks the photographic works submitted to PhotoIreland’s project New Irish Works. The process informed us of many new interesting artists and projects, and we hope to have the chance to promote many of them in the near future. But meanwhile, the 20 artists/projects selected, in alphabetical order by name, are

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, The Passenger, 2015/16.
Aisling McCoy, The Radiant City, 2015.
Caitriona Dunnett, Mass Paths, 2013/16.
Dara McGrath, Project Cleansweep, 2015.
Daragh Soden, Young Dubliners, 2014 to date.
David Thomas Smith, Arecibo, 2013.
Eanna de Freine, Tales from Beneath the Arches, 2015.
Emer Gillespie, Fallen Woman, 2014/16.
Enda Bowe, At Mirrored River, 2016.
Jan McCullough, Home Instruction Manual, 2014/15.
Jill Quigley, Cottages of Quigley’s Point, 2013/14.
Kate Nolan, Lacuna, 2015/16.
Mandy O’Neill, Promise, 2013/16.
Matthew Thompson, Herman Wallace, 2012/15.
Miriam O’ Connor, Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen, 2013 to date.
Noel Bowler, Union, 2015/16.
Robert McCormack, Facade, 2015 to date.
Roseanne Lynch, Eloquent Proof, 2015/16.
Shane Lynam, Inner Field, 2012/16.
Yvette Monahan, The Thousand Year Old Boy, 2015.

Solas Award

Here are some pictures of us lined up in Salzburg.

'Add Eamonn Doyle, Emer Gillespie, Shane Lynam and Yvette Monahan and the sheer quality is unmistakable, particularly given that you could easily triple the number on the list and maintain that quality. It’s clearly an exciting moment for Irish art photography, which is increasingly assured, heterogeneous and relevant'.

Still from Projection in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin
Music by Colm Ó Cíosóig