Michael Dignam (IRL)

Anthropozänta 2023

Michael Dignam (IRL)

Michael Dignam, (b. 1982) is a visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He works predominantly with the moving image, combining photography techniques with digital manipulations and the sonic. His practice is informed by his own upbringing in a suburb on the fringe of Dublin city,displaced from the inner city in a familiar cycle of ‘spent’ urban planning.

Having left school early to pursue an apprenticeship as an Industrial Screen Printer, he witnessed first-hand the death of an industry as advances in digital technology progressed. These formative years working on the factory floor and a subsequent series of dead-end jobs have shaped his current art practice, as he investigates forms of living, labour and class- structures within society. His informed approach to materiality has resulted in a particular aesthetic value that is inherent to his practice, as is his selection of pre-existing materials, which he arranges, remixes, and make interventions with in order to create meaning. The work that he produces instigates thought and adds new aspects to the perception of time and space, drawing links between the new and the old while playing with aspects of time, rhythm and repetition.

He completed an MFA at Goldsmiths University, London (2016), and a BA in Fine Art Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2013).