‘To be consumed in totality’ watch-along screening + Q&A with aemi, Kevin Gaffney & PhotoIreland

14 July 2021 / 20:00 / Online Event
18:15 Watch-along, 20:00 live Q&A

An online talk with aemi, Kevin Gaffney & PhotoIreland to accompany ‘To be consumed in totality’ as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2021

To accompany the screening of ‘To be consumed in totality’ curated by aemi with artist Kevin Gaffney for PhotoIreland Festival 2021, PhotoIreland will host a discussion with Kevin Gaffney and aemi co-directors Alice Butler & Daniel Fitzpatrick to talk about the programme featuring work by artists Bryony Dunne, Greta Alfaro, Jennifer Mehigan, Kevin Gaffney, Lana May Fleming, Vicki Thornton, and Viktoria Schmid.

The works depict orchards being cared for in a desert, wild boars devouring a multi-tiered cake, a state-mandated flour consumption quota, all-consuming relationships, online identities and the sexually charged language of advertising. ‘To be consumed in totality’ explores the tension between our experience of natural and constructed realities through a wide range of processes and materials, including 16mm experimental film, fiction, documentary and archival footage.

‘To be consumed in totality’ is available to view for free here on the aemi website from July 1st until July 31st 2021

Event schedule 

18:15    Watch-along ‘To be consumed in totality, the seven artists’ works are available to watch for free here
20:00  Q&A with Kevin Gaffney on Zoom, register for free here

Event update

Watch the PhotoIreland Festival talk again here

Biography | Kevin Gaffney

Kevin Gaffney is an artist filmmaker based between Dublin and Belfast. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Photography and Moving Image, and was awarded the first Sky Academy Arts Scholarship for an Irish artist in 2015. He was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014) and received the Kooshk Artist Residency Award to create a new film in Iran (2015). A monograph of his work, Unseen By My Open Eyes, was published in 2017. He is currently a PhD researcher at Ulster University.

His work is part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Arts Council of Ireland’s collections and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including: Cork Film Festival (2016 & 2018); European Media Art Festival (Germany, 2016); the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival (New York, 2017); and the Korean Queer Film Festival (2018). Solo exhibitions include: CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute (Japan, 2014 & 2018); Block 336 curated by Kathleen Soriano (London, 2017); Ormston House (as part of EVA’s Public Programme, 2018); and the Crawford Art Gallery (Cork, 2020).


Jennifer Mehigan, Fantasy Flesh 2.0, 2018, video, 25 min, courtesy of the artist

Lana May Fleming, It's not really about strawberries. Is It, 2019, video, 46 seconds, courtesy of the artist

Viktoria Schmid_Food Films 'alphabet soup and coffee', 2010, 16mm, silent, 8 min (3 min 48 sec excerpt), courtesy of the artist

Bryony Dunne, The Orchard Keepers, 2014, 24 min, courtesy of the artist

Vicki Thornton, The Centre and the Circumference, 2011, 16mm film with optical sound, 7 mins, courtesy of the artist

Greta Alfaro, In Praise of the Beast, 2009, Single channel video, HDV, colour, sound, 16.9, 14 min 58 sec, courtesy of the artist

Kevin Gaffney, still from A Numbness in the Mouth, 2016, 4K video, 17 mins 32 sec, Irish with English subtitles, courtesy of the artist