Artist Fiona Hackett and invited guest speaker, Prof. Liam Kennedy, discuss the work in Hackett’s solo exhibition The Long Disease: LA Stories, in RHA’s Ashford Gallery, held from 10 May – 6 June 2021.
Fiona Hackett is a visual artist/photographer living and working in Dublin. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows and has been published both nationally and internationally. She brings to her creative thinking the experience of her early interest in psychology and career as a psychologist and developed a visual practice which explores and examines the fragility of the human condition visualized in space and place.
Her most recent exhibition was in the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire (2017) titled Mausoleums of Precious Belongings, with previous exhibitions in UCD (2012) and Mermaid Arts Centre (2008). In 2019, she received the Curtin-O’Donoghue Progressive Vision Photography Prize at the 189th RHA Annual Exhibition. She has been selected for group exhibitions such as EVA and Mumbai‘s Bienniale Photography Festival and her work has featured in Condé Nast’s Architectural Digest (India), Katalog (Denmark), Landscapes Journal (UK) and Photoworks Showcase (UK). In addition to her full-time art practice, she is a teacher in the photography programme at IADT in Dublin.
Fiona has held a long-term interest in California’s social history and landscape. In 2012, she was awarded a PhD from the Clinton Institute of American Studies for a practice-led doctoral project titled Fault Lines: Photography, Seismology and the Imagining of Southern California [IRC funded]. She was also awarded a Dibner Research Fellow in History of Science and Technology fellowship at The Huntington, California (2016) to pursue her ongoing interest in the intertwined relationship between photography and Southern California.
She began reading and collecting obituaries from the LA Times nearly a decade ago and continues to do so.
Liam Kennedy is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin. He is the author/editor of eleven books on American culture, media and politics, including Afterimages: Photography and US Foreign Policy (2016) and Trump’s America (2020). He is co-founder of the media platform America Unfiltered.