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Gerard Byrne Biography

Visually rich and intellectually complex, the work of Gerard Byrne in photography, film, theatre and multi-screen installation examines the slippage between time and the act of image creation. Characterised by a laconic humour, Byrne’s projects examine the ambiguities of language and of what is gained or lost in the translation from text to image. By reconstructing historically charged conversations, interviews and performances, from sources as diverse as La Revolution Surréaliste or Playboy and National Geographic magazines, Byrne tests our perception of the past and the present, and the inherent challenges of the visual record. Ongoing photographic series, such as In the News and Loch Ness, demonstrate that while images are fixed in time they are also interpreted in flux – a situation that both creates and distorts our knowledge of what came before. Byrne is precise in his research and analysis of the relationship between time, documentation and an identifiable visual language, and while each of his distinct bodies of work is conceived independently, they resonate together as being made in relation to a specific, but malleable historical referent.

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Gerard Byrne was born in 1969 in Dublin, Ireland, where he lives and works. Selected solo exhibitions include: The Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2013; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2012; IMMA, Dublin, 2011; Milton Keynes Gallery, 2011; The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2011; Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland, 2010; The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2010; Lisson Gallery, London, 2009; ICA Boston, 2008; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, 2008; Dusseldorf Kunstverein, 2007; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2007; MUMOK, Vienna, 2006; BAK, Utrecht, 2004; Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2003. In 2007 he represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He has also participated in dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012; Performa, New York, 2011; the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; Auckland Biennial, 2010; Gwangju Biennial, 2008; Sydney Biennial, 2008; Lyon Biennial, 2007; Tate Triennial, 2006; and the Istanbul Biennale, 2003.

Text courtesy Lisson Gallery.

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Christ and the Samaritan woman at the fountain by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne Christ and the Samaritan woman at the fountain, 2013 Selenium toned Silver Gelatin photographic print
89 x 68.5 cm
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ITN13204 by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne ITN13204, 2014 Silver gelatin print
131 x 64.4 cm
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Third beast by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne Third beast, 2018 Analogue silver gelatin print
51.5 x 63 cm (incl frame)
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Second beast by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne Second beast, 2018 Analogue silver gelatin print
99 x 123 cm (incl frame)
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Seventeenth beast by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne Seventeenth beast, 2018 Analogue silver gelatin print
115 x 141 cm (incl frame)
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Squirrel by Gerard Byrne contemporary artwork photography
Gerard Byrne Squirrel, 2018 Analogue silver gelatin print
56 x 46 cm (incl frame)
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