Michael Dignam Artist Talk | Michael Dignam


  • 23 Nov
  • 7pm - 8:30pm


Michael Dignam (b. 1982, Dublin) is an artist based in London. He completed an MFA at Goldsmiths University, London (2016), and a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2013).

Working predominantly with photography techniques combined with moving image and digital manipulations, his work explores forms of living and labour. Growing up in the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, he is familiar with the generational cycle of displacement from the inner-city as a result of ‘spent’ urban planning. Through this experience, he developed an interest in the metropolitan as well as a keen, but not cynical, awareness of urban socioeconomic issues.

In this talk he discussed his relationship to Tallaght and its effects on him and his art practice. Using a selection of work he previously made in Tallaght as a starting point, he presented a body of work and research leading up to his latest exhibition Suburban Cookie Collector. This was a video piece that explores how Tallaght is constructed, depicted, and both celebrated and stigmatised; using a mixture of digital moving image, super 8 film, found VHS footage, photography and the sonic. Set against a backdrop of dance music, housing estates and factories, the work looks at the conditions, events and histories of Tallaght in an expanded form; focusing mainly on the 1990s Celtic Tiger, a period of rapid economic growth, up until its eventual crash in the 2000s.