Miriam O’Connor is from Cork and was educated at Technological University, Dublin and completed her Research Masters at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Dublin. In her photographic practice she draws inspiration from the sights, sounds and language of everyday life. She is curious about the multifaceted roles photography occupies in culture and the manner in which this persuasive medium permeates the way we engage with the world around us. Using photographs, text and printed matter, O’Connor positions photography as a tool for posing questions, a medium that commands attention and analysis. Following her relocation to the family farm in recent years, O’ Connor occupies a dual role of farmer and photographer, and is interested in engaging with the elasticity of the medium throughout everyday agricultural life.
Her latest work, Camera at the Mart is showing at the Roscommon Art Centre (May-July 2022) with recent participation in A Growing Inquiry- Art & Agriculture, reconciling values at RHA (Feb-April 2022). Upcoming shows include participation in PhotoIreland Festival and The Politics of Place at Gallery of Photography Ireland. O’ Connor was awarded the Visual Artists Ireland, Experiment! Award (2020) and her long-term body of work, Tomorrow is Sunday was published in conjunction with A Woman’s Work by the Gallery of Photography Ireland (2020). Recent solo shows include Tomorrow is Sunday at Macroom Town Hall (2021), at Ashford Gallery, The Royal Hibernian Academy (2021) and Sirius Arts Centre (2020).
Miriam's work is part of FUTURES, a photography platform that pools the resources and talent programmes of leading photography institutions across Europe and A Woman’s Work, a project that uses photography and digital media to challenge the dominant view of gender and industry in Europe. She is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Visual Artists Ireland and Culture Ireland.