Irish expression for someone not local to an area
The BLOW IN project was developed during a two-month artist residency hosted by Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Ireland in summer 2016.
The project investigates ideas of identity, memory and belonging for immigrants living in rural ireland. William examined using the camera obscura as a collaborative image-making tool, producing photographic images by transforming suitcases, limpet shells and family homes into primitive cameras.
As part of the BLOW IN project William initiated a series of public participatory events, including a multicultural feast, workshops, open studio meetings and a public exhibition at Uillinn.
Born and brought up in West Cork by parents from Swedish, German and Polish heritage, William is connected to the wider story of immigration across Europe. As a result of a mass migration of Polish nationals to Ireland during the early 2000’s, many have since had families, started businesses and have settled permanently, making Ireland their home. William was interested in meeting and producing images with some of those families who have settled in the place he once lived.
The BLOW IN project was kindly supported by