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Rebecca Moseman, 'Generations', 2019

Rebecca Moseman is the winner of the 4th Annual Photography Award as selected by jurors Alex Harris and Bill Shapiro. We are thrilled to present her collection 'The Irish Travelers, A Forgotten People' with the community of Santa Fe.

Rebecca Moseman, 'The Irish Travelers, A Forgotten People' 

On view through July 31st, 2024

Artist Statement

 

This series of photographs documents the lives, culture, and traditions of the Irish Travelers, a forgotten people. The images reflect my interactions with the Travelers I have met and followed through the years at various halting sites and illegal encampments in and around County Galway and County Limerick, outside of Dublin, and at the annual horse fair in Ballinasloe. 

 

The Irish Travelers are an insular ethnic group that has lived on the fringes of mainstream Irish society for centuries. They live an itinerant lifestyle, with long traditions and gender-based roles that have been passed down from generation to generation. Discrimination is widespread, school dropout rates are high, domestic violence is rampant, and suicides are increasing. For better or for worse, they are slowly changing, and soon, their old way of life will be lost to modern society. My goal in making these photographs is to document them and their way of life now and to display their unique heritage and unconventional yet historical way of living to a broader audience in and outside of Ireland. They are mainly invisible to the Irish citizens, and they are desperate to hear their stories of hardship and their unique culture appreciated and shared worldwide.

 

Biography

Rebecca Moseman

 

Rebecca Moseman is based in the State of Virginia. Her work has been published in Black + White Magazine, GUP, Resource, DodHo, SHOTS Magazine, and Ain’t Bad Magazine, as well as various online photography magazines such as Edge of Humanity, DodHo, All About Photo, YWYW, Life-Framer, Fotopolis, and International Photo Magazine. In 2019, her Irish Travelers series was awarded the Gomma Grant Best Black and White Documentary work. In 2022, she was a finalist in the Arnold Newman Prize in Portraiture through the Maine Media Workshops. In 2023, she was awarded first place in the Refocus Black and White Photography Awards. Moseman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and her Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001.

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