Landscape Amnesia (2019)

Tattan’s Ring View Bar (Cork, Ireland) no longer looks out over what its name suggests. Instead of a ring of trees to shelter cattle, nowadays there is just a plain field outside its window. While landscapes constantly change and are forgotten by new generations, pubs in particular can become safe keepers of a community’s memories. (While doing so they paradoxically also stimulate amnesia due to the amounts of alcohol consumed.)

For my contribution to the Leamlara Art Trail (2019), in which Tattan’s Ring View Bar served as an exhibition space, I set off on my bike in search of bars in my home country which similarly lost the view their names suggest – like Marktzicht (Market View) and Havenzicht (Harbour View). The resulting series of photographs twin these bars spiritually to the Ring View Bar.