Between 1939 and 1946, under the Emergency Powers Act, Ireland found itself immersed in fog. In order to demonstrate its neutrality during World War II, the Irish government censored, along with a host of other things, all meteorological information. Naturally, this measure was intended to avoid the inopportune arrival of military aircraft or ships on Irish soil, but it was also a way of avoiding to commit, an acceptable way of not choosing sides.
Drawing from the archives of the National Library of Ireland and from various Irish newspapers, Ulrika Ferm attempts to recreate a statistical register of the meteorological conditions of the time. Magnificent misty landscapes and snatches of news items come together in a way that discloses a number of factual elements without explaining them in any specific way. Born of an enquiry into the nature and role of censorship, Ferm’s research raises a crucial issue for our hyper-informed era, that of the suppression and subsequent disappearance of information.
Ferm’s work, underpinned by a subtle narrative and particularly interested in forgotten, neglected or unexplained historical phenomena, slips between what these documents reveal and what they recount. Emergency Weather takes on a hybrid quality, existing as both document and fiction.
LES PORTABLES collection of Les Éditions Dazibao is dedicated exclusively to the work of one artist. The collection appropriates the form of the book as a space, and a site, for the dissemination of contemporary photographic practice. The books of Les portables are travelling exhibitions with unlimited venues and circulation.
Artist: Ulrika Ferm
Edited by France Choinière
Design: Joanne Véronneau
Bilingual, 64 pages, black and white reproductions (duotone), hardcover
ISBN : 978-2-922135-33-6