Michael Fortune - Objects of Historical Significance www.folklore.ie
Around the Faithful Homes - Co. Offaly
Explore 25 fascinating videos that will be showcased here over the next few months, focusing on amazing traditional, historical and sentimental finds between several households in Co. Offaly. Michael travelled to a variety of homes and residents in Co. Offaly between November to December 2021 discussing their valued objects and why they are special to them.
These amazing historically and sentimentally significant finds will amaze and delight you, of which you will be treated to until the end of April.
Michael Fortune grew up in a family immersed in story, superstition and folk belief in an area known as ‘The Macamores’, an old Gaelic stronghold stretching along the east coast of County Wexford. He completed his BA in Fine Art, specialising in video and performance at Limerick School of Art and Design and his MA in Film and Screenwriting at Dún Laoghaire School of Film. Working predominantly in film and photography, much of his practice revolves around the collection of material - material which he generates out of the relationships and experiences he develops with the people he encounters. The intimate nature of the relationships with the people and circumstances he encounters, and the subsequent reflective treatment of the material at hand, is a key feature of his work. Much of Fortune’s work borrows from the popular conventions of film, home video, snap photography and the printed media and his work can be seen as growing out of a tradition of social documentary and anthropological film. He combines the stand-alone idiosyncrasies of people and incidents in everyday life, with complex and visually careful and contemplative treatments that adeptly handle the aesthetics of repetition, humour, obscurity, strangeness and intimacy. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries for his work, which he presents extensively nationally and internationally in a variety of contexts, ranging from gallery exhibitions through to single screen presentations in film and video art festivals.