Roger Palmer - A Sense of Place

Roger Palmer

Following the Starry Plough 2015-2019 (for Tony Casement)

In 2021, the centenary of Irish independence, Following the Starry Plough invites reflection on a century of change on the island of Ireland through map-diagrams and silver gelatin photographs.

The Starry Plough was the flag flown by the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising. The flag, comprising seven stars of The Plough asterism superimposed on a plough and sword motif, proposed that a free Ireland would control its own destiny ‘from the plough to the stars’.  In 1934 a new version of the Starry Plough flag was designed for the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Comprising seven white stars on a blue ground, it was subsequently adopted as the flag of the Irish trades’ union and labour movement. 

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By superimposing the 1934 version of the Starry Plough flag on a map of Ireland, the positioning of its stars identified seven random zones in which to search for sites for making photographs. In September 2015, Roger Palmer spent three days driving each of the seven star-shaped zones, beginning in the south and ending in the one zone located in Northern Ireland. A single picture was eventually selected from many images made in each zone. The locations of these images and their positions in the star-zones are presented as a second map-diagram.

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Dunmanway, County Cork, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Knocknagashel, County Kerry, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Stradbally East, County Galway, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Ballaghymurry, County Galway, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Kingscourt, County Cavan, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Coagh, County Tyrone, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

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Newmills, County Donegal, silver gelatin photograph, 2015

LINKS

An article about the project by Gavin Murphy, lecturer in Art History and Critical Theory at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Find out more in Source magazine

Read an interview with Roger in Studio International magazine here

Issues | Soanyway
A conversation with Alen Ožbolt on the occasion of An Introspective: V.S.S.D. (Painter Do You Know Your Duty, 1985–1995) +– Alen Ožbolt (works 1995–2018) at MG+MSUM, Ljubljana.. An Introspective: V.S.S.D. (Painter Do You Know Your Duty, 1985–1995) +– Alen Ožbolt (works 1995–2018) was curated by Martina Vovk at MG+MSUM, Ljubljana, 6 February 2020 – 3 May 2020 (extended 30 August).
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Exhibition Review: Roger Palmer, REFUGIO - after Selkirk after Crusoe, Kirkcaldy Galleries - Blogger
Now in 2019, exactly three hundred years after the first publication of Robinson Crusoe, Roger Palmer is holding an exhibition, REFUGIO - after Selkirk after Crusoe, at Kirkcaldy Galleries.He has travelled to Lower Largo and also to Isla Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe’s island was a fictive invention.

Robinson Crusoe at 300: Artist travels from Fife to Chile in search of character’s Scottish links | The Scotsman
300 years after the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, artist Roger Palmer discusses his ambitious photography project at Kirkcaldy Galleries, which took him from Lower Largo to ...
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