Main Gallery – Installation

Kate Nolan | Lacuna


LACUNA is a photographic and audio/visual installation evoking contemporary

experiences in the border village of Pettigo, County Donegal. Flowing through the

centre of the village the River Termon marks the physical border between County

Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland.

Three bridges span the river – and at places where it narrows, often, without

realising, you can step across into another country.


LACUNA responds to the idea of the border as a ‘landless’ land or a cavity in

understanding. Drawn to “in-between” places, artist Kate Nolan collaborated with the

young people of Pettigo to explore the notion of the border as a place in flux. The

exhibition weaves together still and moving images, recorded stories and a

commissioned score by Gavin O’Brien to evoke the tangible and intangible, natural

and constructed nature of the border.

The diffusion of the physical border in recent years means that for young people

there has been minimal impact on physical movement. The prospect of the

introduction of an international border between the EU and the UK with Brexit gives

rise to new uncertainties about the future.


Artists Biographies:

Kate Nolan is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2014 Nolan published her artist’s book

Neither , which won the Magnum Photo Agency Award and Alliance Francaise Award,was shortlisted

for the UNSEEN Dummy Award and nominated for Best Photobook at Foto BookKassel and the

Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Award. Her work has been shown internationally at various institutions and

festivals including Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France; Royal

Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland; Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, USA; Photo

Katmandu, Nepal; Hamburg Triennale of Photography, Germany; Foto Book Kassel, Germany; Photo

London, UK; PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland and Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland. Her

work is held in public and private collections in Japan, USA, France, Portugal, Mexico, UK and

Ireland. Kate Nolan has been working with the community in Pettigo for the past two years. She was

awarded an Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary for LACUNA in 2017.



Gavin O’Brien has been composing music for film since 2005. He got his start with Stars, an

experimental short animation starring Domhnall Gleason and Ruth Negga which won Best Animated

Short at the Galway Film Fleadh. Since then he has worked with up-and-coming award-winning Irish

directors Mark Noonan (Getting Air) and Lorcan Finnegan (Foxes, Without Name).