Noel Bowler: Making Space 10 Feb - 24 Mar 2012
There is a calmness and informality in Bowler’s portraits of these spaces. They reveal, perhaps, a central quality of Islamic faith – that during sallah (prayer) there is nothing between one’s self and the divine. Without formal structures or divisions, these spaces are evidence of an earnest faith that transcends the separations and barriers established in secular life. They testify to the simple ways in which spiritual experience can co-exist within everyday vernacular conditions.
Devoid of any distinction or ornamentation apart from the ubiquitous prayer rugs (or sajjada), Bowler’s documentation of these everyday and generic spaces offers considered insights into the adaptability of modern Islamic communities and the ease with which mundane spaces are occupied, complemented and transformed.
Making Space is a touring exhibition organised by Gallery of Photography Ireland in partnership with Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.
A publication featuring a text by Colin Graham accompanies the exhibition.
An exhibition catalogue accompanies the work. Making Space is a 64 page, full colour, hardback catalogue, published 2011 (edition of 500) with essay 'Description as Revelation' by Colin Graham. It is available to buy from Gallery of Photography, Dublin and at Millennium Court Arts Centre @ £17.