Artist examines homelessness in UL exhibition

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

AN ART exhibition focusing on homelessness, poverty and social disintegration has been unveiled in the University of Limerick by the former governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan.

AN ART exhibition focusing on homelessness, poverty and social disintegration has been unveiled in the University of Limerick by the former governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan.

Entitled Home, the exhibition by Eoin Mac Lochlainn, in the Bourn Vincent Gallery, aims to challenge the depiction of homelessness in the media and seeks to engage viewers in the realities of homelessness, instead of automatically overlooking those who are marginalised in society.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Mac Lochlainn posed the question: “Who is more fitting to be portrayed - a businessman, a bishop or a homeless person? Also, which seems more important – the oil paintings on the wall, the cardboard drawings on the ground or the coffee cup towers? As an artist I feel an empathy with those on the margins of society. I see my role as observer, my work as bearing witness in some way. I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than do media images”.

It will run until April 27.