In ‘Fire’s Love Song’ Enda Bowe worked with young people on either side of the
peace walls in Northern Ireland, choosing the symbolic bonfires of the 12th July and
8th August as his starting point. Bowe sought to go beyond stereotypical
representations laden with political and religious imagery to give a quieter, more
understated insight into youth culture in Belfast.
Free from political and geographical context, without reference to the specific
locations they were taken, the photographs speak of longing, yearning, aspirations
and vulnerabilities of young people in Belfast today.
These contemplative intimate portraits touch on our shared human experiences of
joy and sorrows, independent of individual backgrounds, inherited sense of place
and religious beliefs.
Searching for North
Enda Bowe is an Irish photographer. He presents his work through exhibition and the
publication of photographic monographs. To date Bowe’s work has been exhibited in
galleries and museums including the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, the National
Portrait Gallery, London, Fotohof, Salzburg, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, The Visual
Centre Of Contemporary Art, Ireland, and Red Hook Lab Gallery, New York. His recent
collection of work ‘At Mirrored River’ received the international Solas Photography
Award and was nominated and long listed for the Prix Pictet Award 2017 and the
Deutsche Borse Foundation Photography Prize 2017. Bowe’s first monograph ‘Kilburn
Cherry’ published by J&J Books received the Birgit Skiold Artist Award 2014,
Whitechapel Gallery London. His third monograph ‘Birds to the Air’ will be published by
Plum Plum Books in April 2018.