Cáit Caden profiles Moyross Study, exhibiting this month as part of the PhotoIreland Festival.
The housing estate Moyross in Limerick has been the centre of media attention for a number of years due to high levels of crime. In his recent photo essay Moyross Study, photographer Jamin Keogh captures the lives of one of Ireland’s most stigmatised communities, with environmental portraits of young people currently living in the housing estate.
“People coming to the show are expecting to see horses and burnt-out cars, but there is very strong sense of community in Moyross. People are close and they interact with each other; there’s no hiding behind walls,” Keogh told the Irish Times.
This study does not just display the facial reactions of those living in housing estates but also represents how some communities are still forgotten. The divide between urban and rural Ireland debate is one that is always gaining momentum. However, the definition of ‘rural Ireland’ is becoming more blurred. Many would view the rural vs urban Ireland debate as synonymous with the Dublin vs the rest of the country debate. Moyross is not definitively rural however, it is one of the many communities lacking the resources which are otherwise provided in Dublin.
Though marked by a tumultuous past, many would attribute this to the lack of resources and the stigmatisation of this community. That mentality is exactly what Keogh is trying to puncture with his poignant and powerful photo essay of the everyday lives of young people in Moyross.
Photo above: Moyross housing estate.