Between 2010 and 2012, photographic artist Victoria J. Dean documented the length of the Irish coastline, surveying the architecture of recreational space and its impact on the coastal landscape. The Fortified Coastline portrays these familiar environments encouraging a reconsideration of such spaces.
By observing the tension between nature and the encroachment of human development on the landscape, the series of photographs represents how our use of these spaces may be controlled somewhat by the physical nature of the structures within the spaces, thus distancing us further from the greater context of the natural environment.
The curator Paul McAree has been working with the artist specifically for the exhibition at Rua Red. The Fortified Coastline was made possible through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES programme. The exhibition was commissioned by Millennium Court Arts Centre.
Victoria J. Dean (b. Belfast, 1980) is a photographic artist based in Northern Ireland. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Circulation(s) 2014: Festival de la Jeune Photographie Europeenne in Paris; Northern Ireland: 30 Years of Photography at Belfast Exposed and The Mac in Belfast, 2013; the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2013 in Toronto, London and Boston in which she was a Selected Winner in 2013 and received an Honourable Mention in Flash Forward 2007; and a recommendation by New York’s PDN in their 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch for 2007. Represented by the Golden Thread Gallery (Belfast), Dean was featured in 2010 at SCOPE New York and in Elective Perspective at Galeria Arsenale in Bialystok, Poland.
Winner of the Solo Award from the 2013 Winter Show at RUA RED, Dublin, solo exhibitions have included the Naughton Gallery at Queens University, Belfast in 2013 and the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland in 2012. Her work is held in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection and a number of private collections in the UK and Ireland.