Kate Nolan / LACUNA


It seems kinda stupid. Pointless.

Like my gran lives so close, just a mile out the road.

But how would we get there then.


LACUNA is a new photographic and audio/visual installation evoking contemporary experiences of children in the border village of Pettigo, County Donegal. Flowing through the centre of the village the River Termon marks the physical border finding Pettigo both in Donegal and Fermanagh, Ireland and the UK, and – soon – inside and outside the European Union. 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 work weaves together still and moving images, recorded stories and an original soundscape 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.



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 Book Kassel 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.

LACUNA continues at Gallery of Photography, Dublin,  until 22 October, 2017.

To see an edited online edition of LACUNA moving image and sound work by Kate Nolan / Gavin O’Brien please visit this page.