Beneath / Beofhód
Beneath / Beofhód is an ongoing project examining the peat lands and degraded raised bogs of central rural Ireland. Peat extraction and turf-cutting have led to significant depletion of Irelands most characteristic landscape. Environmental concerns to reduce fossil fuel consumption have resulted in pressure to preserve peat bogs and cease peat extraction, heralding significant change for affected communities and the landscape. Beofhód is an Irish word which translates as 'life beneath the sod' and the various extractive processes depicted in the images act as a metaphor for an archaeology of a history that is preserved beneath. This forces a potentially uncomfortable negotiation with a resurfacing past whilst interrogating our position within an ecosystem we inhabit and form part of.
Abbey Bratcher • Shane Hynan • Jacob Alexander Lange • George Robb • Niamh Smith • George Voronov •